Moore inspires Saints to victory

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New signing Stefan Moore starred on his Brackley debut as he struck twice to help Saints overcome Gainsborough Trinity and return to winning ways for the first time since before Christmas.

The frustration of dropped points over the festive period were quickly forgotten as Saints bounced back with a lively performance and a deserved victory.

Brackley centre-backs Ryan Austin and Tom Sharpe were always in charge on a difficult afternoon for the visitors. A 67th minute headed goal by substitute Darren Stamp briefly brought Trinity into a game that Brackley always had within their grasp after a first half of goals and near misses from the home side.

Striker Moore impressed on his debut, bagging two goals, and Glenn Walker threatened every time he received the ball but it was the cohesion of an all-round team performance that stood out at a chilly but sunny St James Park.

Ben Mills spurned a fine chance to give Saints the lead in just the second minute as Phil Barnes saved before good work by Owen Story on the right brought the opening goal as Moore clinically converted the cross eight minutes into the game.

On the half hour, Walker was felled by Ashley Burbeary for a penalty as the winger burst into the danger zone exchanging passes with Moore. Moore and Mills debated who would take the spot-kick before Mills saw his kick saved by Barnes but followed up to double the lead.

Mills and Moore had further chances to extend the scoring for Saints, while Trinity’s Bradley Barraclough wriggled free in the penalty area to shoot, bringing a save from Billy Turley, in the only direct goal threat from the visitors before the interval.

The second half started quietly before Stamp’s goal from nowhere brought an immediate response from Brackley who increased the tempo of their play.

Moore went close and Izak Reid’s free-kick shaved the outside of Barnes’ left post before Moore was played in, beating Barnes at the second attempt to remove any doubt as to the destination of the three points and announcing that Brackley are back in business.

Saints are back in action at home to AFC Barrow tomorrow evening.

Brackley: Turley, Reid, Nisevic, Towers, Sharpe, Austin, Story (Bridges 87), Solkhon, Moore (Diggin 90), Mills (Mulligan 76), Walker.

Gainsborough: Barnes, Roma, Wilde, Burbeary (Winfarah 56), Howe, Leary, Russell, Toner (Williams 45), Wooton, Barraclough (Stamp 64), Davis.

Referee: Rob Ellis