Preview: Saints set for crunch Colwyn clash in relegation battle

Owen Story has rejoined Brackley from Solihull Moors
Owen Story has rejoined Brackley from Solihull Moors

Brackley Town travel to fellow strugglers Colwyn Bay this weekend for a match of the utmost importance in the desperate battle to avoid relegation in the Conference North.

With Hyde’s relegation confirmed last week, Saints are now in a six-way scrap to avoid the final two relegation spots.

Greg Kaziboni's strike earned Saints a point against North Ferriby last weekend. Pictures by Steven Prouse

Greg Kaziboni's strike earned Saints a point against North Ferriby last weekend. Pictures by Steven Prouse

Second from bottom Stalybridge Celtic, who have a game in hand, are on 33 points, three behind Colwyn Bay and Gloucester City and four behind Brackley and Leamington, with Gainsborough Trinity a further point clear.

Following Saturday’s draw at home to North Ferriby United, Saints have won just once in their past 11 games and know this week’s trip to Colwyn could prove pivotal in their quest to beat the drop.

Brackley manager Jon Brady declared himself pleased with his side’s performance against FA Trophy finalists North Ferriby, with the draw bringing an end to their five-game losing run.

Both sides played their part in a fiercely-contested encounter that either could have won. The result leaves Saints precariously-placed in 18th.

“I’m doing all I can to keep us up, I just hope that’s good enough.”

Jon Brady

Brady said afterwards: “We saw strong play on both wings with Greg [Kaziboni] and Owen [Story] excellent.

“We played well especially in the first half but have met a very strong team. It was a physical game and they have three strong forward players we did well to contain.

“I felt we handled their physical threat well and created lots of chances ourselves.”

“We’re in a relegation dogfight but we can’t worry about other results, we’ve just go to concentrate on our game. I’m doing all I can to keep us up, I just hope that’s good enough.”