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Hartlepool United 1-0 Brackley Town FA Cup 4Q 19 Oct 2019
Brave Brackley denied by rare strike
Four times Brackley have reached the first round of the FA Cup but the trip to Hartlepool stood in the way of a fifth appearance and despite putting in a performance that more than matched their National League hosts, it was ultimately a frustrating afternoon for Kevin Wilkin’s side as Hartlepool progressed to the next round.
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Southport 1-0 Brackley Town 12 Oct 2019
Penalty settles it for ‘Port
Southport recorded a first ever win over Saints but are still yet to score from open play in the five meetings between the sides. Southport captain David Morgan neatly tucked away his 64th minute penalty kick after Ellis Myles handled, the easiest decision of the afternoon for the referee.
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Brackley Town 8 (EIGHT) - 0 Bradford (Park Avenue) 28 Sept 2019
Eight goal riot
Brackley ran up a record club win in an uncomfortably one-sided game on a terrible afternoon for Bradford. Saints tore into the visitors from the start and never let up scoring four goals in each half in an impressive all-round team performance.
“We went out there with real purpose about us, it’s a satisfying win of course but obviously some thought for Bradford because you don’t wish that on teams, “Kevin Wilkin said. “Credit to our players who kept going in both halves and were really ruthless today.”
The opener was an own goal after 19 minutes as defenders failed to clear a corner kick, Matt Lowe doubling the lead on the half hour finishing decisively after Jimmy Armson’s shot was blocked. Lee Ndlovu was foiled by keeper and Park Avenue captain Rhys Taylor through one on one and Armson’s splendid finish was ruled out for off-side.
Marcus Wood received his marching orders for two yellow cards but few could argue that this was a significant factor in this crushing defeat.
Armson’s header from Shane Byrne’s corner on 42 minutes and Ndlovu’s spectacular finish in off the cross-bar on the stroke of half-time gave Saints a four goal lead that was no less than the home side’s superiority deserved with the visitors unable to trouble Danny Lewis at the other end.
There was to be no respite for a dazed Bradford side in the second half as Saints picked up where they had ended the first period. Byrne rounded Taylor for the fifth goal on 54 minutes, substitute Carl Baker hit the post from Luke Fairlamb’s excellent cross before Baker and then Lowe forced fine saves from Taylor and Audel headed goal No.6 direct from Baker’s corner kick. Baker again saw his shot find only the woodwork as the goal chance count mounted.
Ndlovu hit his second on 80 minutes and then unselfishly passed up the chance of a hat-trick to set up Dan Holman for his first for the club to make it eight after 84 minutes. Still the chances came, the closest for Ndlovu who was only inches from his third after fine work on the left by Lowe.
“Being four goals to the good at the break allowed us to use the bench which we did to get some minutes into their legs which is great,” Wilkin added. “Lee was terrific today. He really led the line well. You see what he is capable of and what he can do. He was sat there on a hat-trick with an open goal and takes the decision to square it to Dan who hasn’t had so many minutes. That is for me the best moment of the game. It is a measure of the man. Luke and Matty on the flanks were a real handful today with their decision making and quality. It was a thoroughly pleasing afternoon and moves us onto next Saturday nicely.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Audel, Dean (Langmead 67), Lowe, Armson (Baker 46), Ndlovu, Fairlamb, Walker (Holman 61). Subs unused: Worby, Noon.
Bradford (PA): Taylor, Lund, Calder, Wood, Cresswell (Knight 46), Lowe, Docherty (Bazeley 46), Marriott, Sweeney, Hurst, Agustieu (Holmes 58). Subs unused: Johnson, Bennett.
Referee: Daniel Locker Assistants: Rob Hathaway and Jamie Conde