Saints earn win at Stortford

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A fine second half performance help Brackley Town earn a thoroughly-deserved three points at Bishop’s Stortford on their first ever visit to the Woodside Park Stadium.

The first period began slowly before springing to life on 12 minutes when Brian Woodall’s 30 yard daisy cutter found the corner of the goal.

Saints responded and Jefferson Louis crossed neatly for Tom Winters to head powerfully downwards and into the net at the back post with 60 seconds separating the goals.

Saints surged forward and created further chances as they looked to take the lead, the best falling to Louis as the powerful striker first failed to connect with Winters’ cross and then headed wide after good work by Izak Reid.

Having weathered the storm, the home side fought back strongly, finishing the half on top with Billy Turley tipping over Harry Baker’s rising shot while Callum Webb and Lewis Wilson went wastefully wide when well placed.

The second half was a different story as Brackley thwarted the threat of Bishop’s Stortford’s runs from deep, an ever present danger in the first half, got on top in midfield and threatened goals from both flanks, in particular Winters and late substitute Glenn Walker.

The Blues endangered Turley’s goal just twice in the second half and with Saints holding firm, the key moment came on the hour as Winters jinked inside and out and then inside again to fire home off the crossbar from 20 yards: a goal worthy of winning any game.

Brackley created chances with neat passing as Louis, Walker and Winters linked well on the left before in added time, Walker was set free and used the time and space to pick out Owen Story marauding through the middle and he made no mistake with an assured first time finish.

Back-to-back wins against Gainsborough Trinity and Bishop’s Stortford mark an end to the goal drought and a testing run of seven matches, six of which have been away from home.

Brackley Town: Turley, Clifton, McDonald (Nisevic 68), Odhiambo, Sharpe, Austin, Reid (Story 82), Sandy, Louis, Robinson, Diggin (Walker 58), Winters.

Subs not used: Ebby.

Bishop’s Stortford: Pentney, Sampayo (Sappleton 75), Herd, Prestedge, Bailey-Dennis, Francis, Johnson, Webb (Cawley 64), Woodall, Wilson (Lobjoit 64), Baker.

Subs not used: Abdullahi, Mattock.

Referee: A Degnarain

Attendance: 349