Brady ecstatic as Saints reach play-off final

Brackley Town manager Jon Brady was bursting with pride after seeing his side book their place in the Blue Square North play-off final with a 4-2 aggregate win over Altrincham at St James’ Park today.

Brackley went into the match trailing 2-1 from the first leg but goals from Jefferson Louis, an own goal and Glenn Walker fired Saints to an historic 3-0 victory.

Brady said afterwards: “It’s quite possibly the biggest victory in the club’s history. I’ve never really thought of it like that but I think the game plan we had to today worked.

“Dropping James Clifton today was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. He’s a young boy who’s been with me for three years now and played almost every game in the last two years and I had to make a tough decision.

“But my front two, Jefferson Louis and Gary Mulligan, ran themselves into the ground today. Everyone put themselves on the line, everyone worked, everyone followed the game plan and we got a fantastic result.

“You can never relax, you can never switch off, because they’ve got Reeves, Watmore and a lot of quality players and if you switch off against teams like this they punish you.

“The pleasing thing was that we didn’t concede and as a manager it’s so pleasing to see your players put everything on the line for the cause. It was excellent today.”