Curzon Ashton  0-4  Brackley Town  14/9/19

Saints up to seventh

Goals from Armson, Audel, Byrne and Ndlovu overwhelmed a Curzon Ashton side still seeking a first ever win over Brackley in nine meetings as Saints recorded successive away wins and move into 7th place in the National League North table ahead of FA Cup action next weekend.

“It’s nice to win in the manner we did and to keep a clean sheet,” Kevin Wilkin said.  “It’s a fantastic surface here and we moved the ball well, got an early goal to settle us down and had other good moments in the first half when we perhaps should have done better.  We maybe lacked a little composure for a period in the second half but Thierry gives us the second goal and finishing from then was superb.  Credit to all the boys today.”

Saints were in front as early as the 6th minute as Jimmy Armson was on hand to finish from close range after the ball was not cleared from Luke Fairlamb’s cross, Armson recording his sixth goal of the season.

Shane Byrne’s driving run of 50 yards saw his shot just wide and Matt Lowe headed over from Fairlamb’s cross as the visitors went into the break with a deserved goal advantage.

Thierry Audel’s 65th minute header gave keeper Cameron Mason no chance and was the moment from which there was no way back for Curzon.  Shane Byrne struck a stunning third goal two minutes later after fine passing play and in the 78th minute Lee Ndlovu bagged the goal his unselfish play warranted, finishing from Matt Lowe’s pass with a wonderfully executed, curling effort beyond Mason.

The Nash produced their only goal threat on full time when Liam Davies struck his shot sweetly but found only the cross-bar and Danny Lewis had to make a point blank save from the very last kick of the match on an otherwise barren afternoon for the home side.

“In the build up to the game through the week we had some bumps and bruises and a few concerns for our strikers but they got themselves back and out there and in the end made a difference,” Wilkin added.  “Clean sheets are big and very important, something we haven’t seen enough of, so it is pleasing today especially away from home.  We remain a work in progress and hopefully players continue to develop along with us and we continue to pick up results.”

 

Brackley Town:   Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Audel, Dean, Lowe (Holman 83), Armson (Baker 79), Ndlovu (Daire 81), Fairlamb, Walker.    Subs unused: Worby, Langmead.

Curzon Ashton:  Mason, Halls, Askew, Wroe, Ali, Regan, Sinclair, Davies, Saunders (Trickett-Smith 56), Banister, Wall.     Subs unused:  McCoy, Thornley, Merrill, Elstone.

Referee:  Peter Shacklady          Assistants:   Stephen Rushworth and Michael Coles

Attendance:  204