FOOTBALL: Brackley Town came away from Saturday’s league visit to Chesham United with all three points after a 3-1 win which sees them in second place ahead of the Boxing Day clash at home to Banbury United.
Jefferson Louis’ superb early goal was cancelled out as half-time approached in the Southern League Premier Division contest.
The athletic striker grabbed a second and Tom Winters fired home a third before Chesham made a fight of it at the end.
Having strengthened his squad earlier in the week by bringing in Eddie Nisevic from Nuneaton, Tom Marshall from Kidderminster and Anthony Thomas from Maidenhead, manager Jon Brady opted to start with defenders Nisevic and Marshall. Thomas was on the bench.
Louis’ 15th minute finish was clinical and followed incisive build-up play and a fine low cross from Saints’ man of the match Owen Story. Story tormented his marker all afternoon with his speed and trickery on the right. Just minutes later Louis and Story had worked an opening before Story was felled by United’s Mark Lambert for a penalty but keeper Shane Gore saved well from Louis.
On 38 minutes Story’s splendid run and fierce shot brought the best from Gore who tipped over as Brackley made all the running. Against the run of play Chesham conjured a fine move started and finished by the excellent James Potton who found the net from a narrow angle to peg Saints back. And in added time Steve Wales should have done better as Saints’ keeper Billy Turley came rushing out to cut off a long ball, Wales’ right foot shot skewing wide so that the sides left the field level.
The second half again belonged to the visitors as Brackley took charge. Winters’ perfect through ball saw Louis running in on goal and coolly slotting home to restore the lead on 53 minutes before Winters volleyed just wide. Story’s superb 66th minute cross was hammered home by Winters to put the game beyond Chesham.
The final twist in this excellent game came in the dying minutes as United’s Lambert volleyed against the bar and Simon Thomas headed home to set up an exciting if ultimately disappointing finale for the home fans among the crowd of 342.
Saints will take renewed encouragement from this fine performance of resilience, creativity and verve.
Brackley Town: Turley, Nisevic, Clifton (Magunda 45), Palmer, Green, Marshall, Story, Solkhon, Sandy, Louis (Diggin 90+3), Winters (Jaszczun 79).
Chesham United: Gore, Kyriacu, Watson (Gudgeon 62), Lambert, Bartley, Talbot, Potton, Wales (Archer 72), Simon Thomas, Scott Thomas (Wadkins 72), Watters.