Brackley Town manager Jon Brady was delighted with his team’s display after their 1-0 win over Conference North leaders Hednesford Town on Saturday.
Steve Diggin’s header four minutes from time earned Saints the three points and they were well worth victory after restricting Hednesford to few chances while forcing visiting goalkeeper Ben Crane into a number of fine saves.
The result closes the gap on the league leaders with just a single point separating the top six.
Brady said afterwards: “I thought we weren’t quite at the races in the first 30 minutes but then we got to grips with the game, and we didn’t give them any chances. I’m trying to remember if they had a shot on target - that’s a team who’ve scored 44 goals this season. That shows defensively how well organised we were today.
“Elliott Durrell - who’s scored 21 goals this season - had to come off sulking so that shows we nullified their attacking threats and in the end I think our fitness showed. We absolutely peppered them towards the end.
“They got a foothold for 10 minutes but they didn’t really create anything. We were our own downfall, we gave the ball away too cheaply and I needed to put a bit more energy in midfield, so I put Steve Towers holding and Eddie [Odhiambo] with Glenn [Walker] and Izak Reid on the right.
“Ryan Austin deserves a special mention, he was immense as our captain again today. I was proud of him and proud of the whole team. We defended from the front and it was fantastic display.”
Brackley are in FA Trophy action on Tuesday evening, when they visit Leek Town in their third qualifying round replay, as the club head into a busy period of games.
Brady added: “We have a lot of games coming up now so we have to use a lot of players in the squad, but it’s probably been the best week in the club’s history. We have to remember how we’ve achieved this week and that’s through meticulous preparation, hard-work, playing to the best of our ability and we need to keep doing that.
“Leek is another big game for the club, a game we want to win. We take the competition very seriously.”