FA Cup: Super Saints earn another replay against Gillingham

Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin saw his side earn a replay
Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin saw his side earn a replay
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Brackley Town earned a replay against Gillingham in the Emirates FA Cup first round.

Kevin Wilkin’s side came away from the Priestfield Stadium with a 2-2 draw and can now look forward to another replay against the League One outfit at St James Park.

After racing into a 2-0 first half lead, Saints were pegged back by two goals before the interval. Neither side could find a winner in the second half so they will have to do it all over again next week when Saints will be hoping to repeat their feat of three years ago when they knocked Gillingham out.

Gillingham started brightly, Jake Hessenthaler fired wide and Josh Wright tested Laurie Walker before Saints took a 13th minute lead when Glenn Walker’s cross was headed home by Alex Gudger.

Boosted by their dream start, Saints created further chances with Adam Walker heading wide and James Armson off target. Saints doubled their advantage in the 27th minute when Armson fired into the top corner from the edge of the box.

But Gillingham found a lifeline 60 seconds later when Frank Nouble netted from the close range. Steve Diggin went close and Lee Ndlovu shot over but Gillingham equalised on the stroke of halftime when Jay Emmanuel-Thomas crossed for Nouble to net.

After the restart, Glenn Walker shot wide while Laurie Walker saved from Hessenthaler at the other end. Armson was off target for Saints while Paul Konchesky went close for Gillingham.

Shane Byrne went close late on but keeper Stuart Nelson was equal to his effort from the edge of the box and David Moyo missed a good chance right at the end of normal time when he only had Nelson to beat but the keeper denied him.