Brackley ended their first ever regular season in the Blue Square North with an enthralling 4-3 win at Boston United.
With one eye on tomorrow’s play-off semi-final first leg at Altrincham, Saints boss Jon Brady juggled his squad in a match that featured seven goals and two missed penalties in front of a 1,100-strong crowd.
Boston had two early chances but it was Brackley who took the lead through James Clifton’s fine drive into the corner on 18 minutes.
Billy Turley then made two excellent saves before Saints doubled their lead when Eddie Nisevic’s surging run and pin-point cross allowed Steve Diggin to tap in.
Jefferson Louis added a third but Nathan Stainfield’s header reduced the lead and Boston should have only been one behind at the break as Turley denied Anton Foster from the penalty spot.
Leading 3-1 at the break, Brackley started the second half on top and deservedly scored a fourth through Marvin Robinson.
Marc Newsham and Foster then reduced the deficit after Saints goalkeeper Turley had dramatically missed a penalty to set up a grandstand finale.
Turley was the hero, though, as he produced a superb save seconds from the full time whistle to earn Saints another three points of a magnificent season.
Brackley Town: Turley, Clifton, Nisevic, Odhiambo (Robinson 71), Sharpe, Austin, Story, Solkhon (Walker 63), Diggin, Louis, Mulligan (Reid 60).
Subs not used: McDonald.