Late goals sink Brackley

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AFC Telford United produced a strong second half performance to come from a goal down and beat Brackley Town 2-1 at the weekend.

Charlie Griffin’s 17th minute goal gave Brackley a half time lead but Saints’ promotion rivals fought back to earn a crucial win at the top of a tight Conference North table.

Jon Brady’s side, who were looking to go top, started well as Izak Reid fired over when well-placed before the visitors went ahead. Good work on the right by Glenn Walker brought a deflected cross that fell for Griffin, who made no mistake from close range.

As the half wore on, the home side enjoyed the better of the possession and created pressure on Billy Turley’s goal – twice Sean Clancy cut in from the left, first delaying his shot, then firing just over.

Both sides had chances to add to the scoring after the break with a defensive slip putting Walker through on goal with only keeper Ryan Young to beat but the chance was snuffed out, before Telford’s Matty McGinn curled his shot narrowly wide.

As Saints struggled to retain possession, Telford took a grip on the game and put Turley under aerial pressure as time and again Saints cleared their lines but the ball came straight back.

On 75 minutes, Mike Grogan was hauled down for a penalty that Clancy despatched off the underside of the cross-bar to level the scores and with five minutes remaining a defensive mix-up gifted Telford the winning goal as Adam Farrell ran through to smash his shot past Turley.

A failure to seize chances at one end compounded by defensive errors at the other proved costly as Saints slipped to fifth. For the Bucks, a crucial win lifted them above Saints and for Sean Clancy the perfect day, scoring in a man of the match performance before sister Abbey won BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Brackley: Turley, Odhiambo, Reid, Towers, Sharpe, Austin, Story, Solkhon, Mills, Griffin (Newton 81), Walker.

Attendance: 1,351