Brackley Town cemented their place in the play-offs with an impressive 3-0 win away to Staylbridge Celtic on Tuesday evening.
Jon Brady’s side, who are third in the Blue Square North, are comfortably inside the play-offs with a 15-point gap between them and sixth-placed Worcester following a brace from new signing Izak Reid and a goal for Jefferson Louis.
Celtic started well and had the majority of possession but Brackley kept the host at bay before taking the lead in the 11th minute.
The goal came from the recently-signed Louis after he found just enough space in the box to fire in a bullet shot that gave Alex Cairns no chance in the home goal.
From that point in, Celtic found it difficult to get back into the game with Brackley defending well while Billy Turley was solid in the Saints goal.
Celtic did manage to create chances though, with Greg Wilkinson’s free-kick resulting in Turley having to scramble across goal before the visiting goalkeeper produced a athletic save to deny Tom Buckley’s effort.
Corey Gregory also had a shot deflected over while at the other end, Steve Diggin’s attempt was too weak to worry Cairns and Reid fired wide when through on goal.
Brackley began to grow into the game and they looked the likelier to score next and so it proved on the stroke of half time when Tom Winters threaded the ball to the unmarked Reid, who kept his composure to put his narrow-angled shot past Cairns.
Despite trailing 2-0, Celtic came out the better side after half time and Turley was again called into action to deny Gregory before Saints went up the other end but Diggin’s effort lacked any real precision to beat Cairns.
Just when it looked like Celtic might get a goal back – with both Adam Pepper and Mitchell Austin going close – Saints secured all three points as Reid pounced on a defensive error to finish calmly.
Turley made further good saved in the remaining minutes as Brackley did well to keep a clean sheet and record a second win in four days following Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Harrogate Town.
Brackley: Turley, Clifton, McDonald, Odhiambo, Sharp, Austin, Reid, Cocoran (Diggin 15), Louis (Robinson 74), Walker, Winters (Nisevic 6).
Not used subs: Story; Brady