Brackley Town manager Jon Brady will be looking for his side to make it back-to-back victories in the Skrill North when they visit AFC Telford today, Saturday.
Second half goals from Owen Story and Steve Diggin gave the Saints a 2-0 win at Stockport County last weekend as they got back to winning ways for the first time since they beat previous leaders Hednesford Town.
Saints put their second round FA Cup defeat at Macclesfield Town firmly behind them on their first-ever visit to Edgeley Park and earned three crucial points which took them up to second behind North Ferriby United on goal difference.
However, Hednesford regained top spot on Tuesday with a 2-0 success against Bradford Park Avenue, pushing Saints down to third ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Telford.
A scrappy first half of few chances saw County go close when Phil Jevons’ shot was blocked and he hit the rebound wide before Jordan Fagbola headed over from Nicky Platt’s corner while Saints’ only goal chance came when Glenn Walker fired just wide.
Driving rain greeted the players for the re-start and both sides continued to struggle. For Stockport, Kristian Dennis headed wide from Jevons’ cross after a fine move and Saints had to scramble the ball clear from a goalmouth melee.
Otherwise it was the visitors who enjoyed the better of the second period and they grabbed the lead through Story in the 63rd minute after a defensive mix-up.
The goal spurred Saints on and 10 minutes later Diggin finished neatly to double the lead after good work by Steve Towers.
In the dying minutes County struck the post with Rhys Turner’s well hit shot but were ultimately unable to build any sustained pressure on Billy Turley’s goal.
Following tomororw’s trip to Telford, Saints entertain Leamington in the Boxing Day derby at St James Park before travelling to Histon. The return fixture with Leamington is on New Year’s Day at the New Windmill.