Brackley make dream start

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BRACKLEY Town begun their 2012/13 Blue Square North campaign in perfect fashion with a stunning 4-1 win away at Altrincham on Saturday.

Following an even first half that saw the scores level at the break, Saints dominated the second to celebrate their first win at this level in style.

Brackley boss Jon Brady gave debuts to Eddie Odhiambo and Wayne Hatswell in a squad that highlighted Brackley’s strength in depth with Stephen Diggin and Will Green on the bench.

The early exchanges saw the lively forward pairing of Gary Mulligan and Elliot Sandy threaten while Robins’ star striker Damian Reeves could not connect with a flashing cross from the left and James Lawrie’s shot was an easy save for Billy Turley.

On 19 minutes, Sandy’s hard running was rewarded as he was needlessly felled by Altrincham captain Shaun Densmore conceding a clear penalty.

After some delay Sandy stepped up to finish coolly and score Brackley’s first goal in the conference.

But Altrincham struck back on 26 minutes through a superb goal from the ex-Man United junior Duncan Watmore.

After shrugging off three challenges, the 18-year-old Watmore unleashed a powerful effort from the edge of the box to beat Turley as the ball dipped over the keeper.

The hosts almost took the lead just moments later when debutant Ryan Brooke came close with a speculative shot from 50 yards as Turley back-peddled.

Brackley finished the half the stronger with neat play along the left by Walker and Sandy creating danger for experienced Alty keeper Stuart Coburn but the scores remained level at the break.

Both sides resumed unchanged for the second half and within moments Robins’ left-back Nicky Clee stung Turley’s gloved hands with a swerving effort from distance that the Brackley man juggled to keep out in an anxious moment for the visitors.

But Saints responded with some fine play and intense work-rate that was rewarded with a second goal for the visitors.

It came in the 51st minute when Josh Green headed Owen Story’s corner onto the post before Gary Mulligan was on hand to apply the finish and give Saints the lead.

The visitors remained on the front foot and almost came close to a third but the Robins defence held firm.

But it was only a matter of time until the dominant Brackley extended their lead with 10 minutes left.

Story raced down the right before swinging in a pin-point cross to find Mulligan, who buried his header to give Cobuen in the Altrincham goal no chance.

There was still time for Brackley to add another goal when Tom Winters drilled a fierce into the net from 10 yards following good work from Marvin Robinson to make it 4-1.

That was how it ended with Brackley picking up a memorable victory after a superb display.

Brackley Town: Turley, Clifton, McDonald, Odhiambo, Hatswell, J.Green, Story, Solkhon, Mulligan (Robinson 87), Sandy (Winters 84), Walker.

Subs unused: Grimes, Diggin, W. Green.

Altrincham: Coburn, Densmore, Clee, Hall, Leather, Rodgers, Watmore, Lacey (Richman 74), Brooke (Mitchley 74), Reeves, Lawrie (Doughty 54).

Subs unused: Grimshaw, Reid.

Referee: Mr I Dudley

Assistants: Mr D Bourne and Mr S Richardson

Attendance: 716