Historic win sends Brackley through to FA Cup first round

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Brackley Town will face League One side Gillingham in the first round proper of the FA Cup after a memorable 1-0 win against Barrow AFC on Tuesday evening.

Izak Reid and Billy Turley were the heroes as one scored a penalty and the other saved one in extra-time, sending Brackley through to the first round for only the second time in their history.

Following a cagey 0-0 draw at St James’ Park last Saturday, the replay started in similar fashion at Barrow’s Holker Street stadium, with the home side shading possession but struggling to break down the resolute visiting defence - who have now kept 11 clean sheets in 16 games this season.

Youngster Nicky Walker provided glimpses of promise for the hosts, but neither goalkeeper was severely tested in a scrappy first half.

Barrow upped the tempo after the break and put Brackley under pressure with Turley called into action to deny Richard Davies’ effort before Nick Rushton put his effort over when well-placed.

Despite not being at their best, Saints continued to carry a goal threat - highlighted on 74 minutes when Steve Towers blazed over - and the visitors came within a whisker of snatching victory in normal time when Glenn Walker rifled a volley onto the post before Elliot Sandy hit the bar in the final minute.

Brackley maintained their momentum in extra-time and, after wasting a couple of half chances, were awarded a penalty when Robbie Williams felled Reid in the box and the winger held his nerve to convert from 12 yards on 103 minutes.

Barrow poured forward in response and were gifted a golden chance to send the tie into a shoot-out when Dan Parkinson was brought down - but Billy Turley superbly saved Sam Sheridan’s penalty, and Brackley survived the barrage to clinch a memorable win.

Next up are Gillingham who are 19th in League One, making them highest-ranked team Brackley have ever faced in a competitive match. The tie will take place on Saturday, November 9, at Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium.

Brackley: Billy Turley, Eddie Odhiambo (Owen Story 59), Eddie Nisevic, Steve Towers, Tom Sharpe, Ryan Austin, Izak Reid, Brett Solkhon, Nat Jarvis, Gary Mulligan (Elliot Sandy 63), Glenn Walker.

Attendance: 830