Brackley fightback to beat rivals

Stefan Moore and Lee Henderson. Picture: Steven Prouse
Stefan Moore and Lee Henderson. Picture: Steven Prouse
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Brackley Town came from behind to beat local rivals Oxford City and record their first win in five on Easter Monday.

Stung by Oxford City’s opening goal just after the re-start, Brackley took the game to the visitors and won in some style with goals of high quality from Stefan Moore and Mitchell Austin.

The goalless first half ended under the darkest of skies with thunder rumbling and lightning flashing overhead and torrential rain falling.

Saints had enjoyed the better of a well contested first period after Declan Benjamin had stolen in only to see his effort strike the post and rebound into Billy Turley’s arms on 10 minutes in an early let-off.

Saints produced several moments of flowing football as on the half hour when Moore set up a shot by Austin that was wide and just minutes later when Austin stationed wide on the left picked out Steve Diggin with an exquisite pass and Diggin flashed a shot just over.

With the referee delaying the restart briefly as the rain eased, Darren Mullins hit a speculative 20 yard effort that found the bottom corner of Turley’s net to give City a 53rd minute lead that had their vocal supporters in good voice as the scoreline from Histon pointed to City’s salvation in their relegation fight.

However, the goal only spurred on the home side and within ten minutes Saints were level and chasing a winner. Diggin played in Moore who held off the attentions of two defenders to slide the ball past keeper Matt Bullman to notch another trade-mark goal.

On 77 minutes, Mitchell Austin storming forward, running at the defence, cut one way then the other and fired in a fine low shot that beat Bullman all ends up to take Saints into the lead.

City had little response as Saints held out to record only the first home win since February 1 and to send supporters home happy from the last game at SJP this year having seen an excellent second half performance featuring strong individual performances especially from midfield.

Saints will go into the last game of the season at North Ferriby in good spirits seeking to secure a seventh placed finish.

Brackley Town: Turley, Reid, Nisevic, Odhiambo, Sharpe, Bridges, M.Austin, Solkhon, Rowe (Story 75), Diggin, Moore.

Oxford City: Bullman, Benjamin, Stonehouse, Pook, Henderson, Preece (Willmott 46), O’Halon (Solomon-Octabar 46), Mullins, Jackson, Pond (Basham 77), Winters.

Referee: Michael D’Aguilar

Attendance: 430