A goal in each half for Izak Reid earned Brackley Town a 2-1 victory over Solihull Moors at St James’ Park in the Blue Square North on Saturday.
Saints took the points in a match that failed to ignite with another late goal conceded providing for a nervy final few minutes but Brackley ran out comfortable winners overall to close in on second-placed Guiseley.
A one-sided first half saw Brackley take the lead on 23 minutes as Reid cut in from the left to slide his shot home, leaving goalkeeper Jasbir Singh wrong-footed.
While Moors rarely threatened and Saints could not get into their stride, the half finished with a flourish as Singh twice denied the home side – saving from Glenn Walker and then Steve Diggin.
A more closely-contested second period saw Saints create some pressure and further chances but the home side failed to add a second goal.
The key passage of play came with 15 minutes remaining when Eddie Nisevic’s brilliant goal-line clearance denied Moors before Saints went straight up the other end where Tom Winters’ exquisite pass set up Reid, who coolly rolled in his second goal of the game and fifth in three games for Brackley.
Moors bagged an added-time consolation through Langdon but Brackley ran out worthy winners to chalk up three consecutive wins in what has been a fine week in Saints’ promotion challenge.
Brackley: Turley, Clifton, Nisevic, Odhiambo, Sharpe, Austin, Reid, Solkhon (Winters 64), Louis (Robinson 70), Diggin (Sandy 82), Walker.