Brackley next travel to Greater Manchester on Saturday to face Curzon Ashton.
Brackley recorded a first away win of the season against Kidderminster Harriers last Tuesday ahead of the visit to SJP of AFC Telford and will be keen to continue this improves away form. At home they drew with AFC Telford United last Saturday, a result that left the Saints in 8th place after 10 games with 15 points, exactly the same situation as at this point last season. One remarkable statistic is that we have conceded no fewer than four penalties in these opening games and had conceded none at this point last season and three throughout the entire season.
We have conceded fewer goals to date compared to last season but also scored fewer. Intriguingly, goals scored to date in the first half of matches far exceeds goals scored after the break. Jimmy Armson leads the goal-scoring charts with five while Lee Ndlovu and then Matt Lowe have most assists.
The trip to Curzon is the final league fixture before cup action joins the mix. We have been drawn at home to meet Southern League South Division One side Cinderford Town in the 2nd qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup on 21 September. The two sides last met in Saints’ Southern League Midland Division days in the 2006-7 season, a great year when we won the league with 91 points scoring 95 goals.
Before the FA Cup returns to St James Park three vital National League North points are at stake on Saturday. Last season the sides met away in September with a late Curzon equaliser cancelling out Jimmy Armson’s first half goal. Brackley won with two Carl Baker goals in the return game at SJP.
Curzon Ashton Is in its fifth season of National League North football finishing just above the relegation zone last season. Away form has been a problem with the record at The Tameside Stadium a little stronger with two wins and a draw from the opening five home games. Last Saturday Curzon lost 3-2 at high-flying Alfreton Town upon whom Saints inflicted one of only three defeats for The Reds’ so far this season.
If you cannot get to the game you can follow the action on BBC Radio Oxford and via the club Twitter feed.