Brady strengthens attacking options with double signing

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Brackley Town manager Jon Brady has confirmed the signings of strikers Ben Mills and Danny Newton as he looks to bolster his attacking options.

Saints have only managed 16 goals in 11 Conference North matches this season, prompting Brady into signing Chester’s Mills as well as Newton, who has scored 10 goals in 13 appearances for Barwell this season.

Brady said: “We’ve signed Ben Mills from Chester and also Danny Newton because we need goalscorers.

“It’s recognised that we’ve only scored 16 goals in the league. Defence is fantastic and we are defending well from the front but Steve Diggin has taken the burden of eight goals and no one else has come along with him at the moment, so we’ve made the decision to go and bring those two in.”

Brackley travel to Barrow tomorrow evening for the FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay, with the winners travelling to Gillingham in the first round proper.

Saints will take heart from their 1-0 win at Barrow on the opening day of the season, but Brady insists that will have no affect on tomorrow’s encounter, adding: “The win earlier in the season means absolutely nothing. Yes, we know we can go and win there and we’re more than capable but they’ll have to come out, they’re at home and they’ve got to go for a win. Both teams will obviously be going for the win but they’ll have to come out a little bit more and that might mean there’ll be a bit more space to play in for us.”

The tie needed a replay after the two sides played out a dour 0-0 draw at St James’ Park on Saturday. Afterwards, Brady said: “It was a cagey affair. Both teams didn’t have enough quality in the final third to get a goal and it was a bit of a war of attrition today.

“We weren’t especially afraid to lose. They worked very hard defensively but we weren’t creative enough if that final third to break them down or ultimately score a goal.

“The big positive is that it’s another clean sheet, which means we’ve now conceded five in 15 games. That’s very encouraging.”