A CLINICAL display saw Brackley Town remain top of the Blue Square North with a comfortable 4-1 victory in their first ever meeting with Stalybridge Celtic.
Saints made a fast start and found themselves two goals up inside 14 minutes and from that moment on there was only one winner.
First, Marvin Robinson was afforded space to fire past keeper Alex Cairns before Steve Diggin turned well to shoot and force Cairns to parry the ball to Owen Story, who made no mistake.
Mitchell Austin posed a threat for Stalybridge on the left when, on 25 minutes, the winger was well placed but saw his shot saved by Billy Turley in Celtic’s best chance of the first half.
Saints extended the lead shortly after the break as Brett Solkhon headed home from Story’s corner – the ball trickling past Cairns on the line.
The home side created further chances with the best falling to Diggin but his shot was cleared off the line.
Stalybridge found a goal through excellent work on the right by Jamie Mullan, finished clinically by Austin but Brackley quickly restored their three goal advantage as Glenn Walker coolly picked his spot after neat work by substitute Elliot Sandy.
Gary Mulligan and Tom Winters both went close as Saints continued to threaten but the three points had long been secure.
Jon Brady’s side remain top of the table but they will be replaced by Guiseley if the Yorkshire club win their home match against Worcester City on Tuesday evening.
Brackley Town: Turley, Corcoran, McDonald, Odhiambo (Sandy 70), Austin, Nisevic, Story, Solkhon, Diggin (Mulligan 82), Robinson (Winters 70), Walker.
Subs unused: Clifton, Green.
Stalybridge Celtic: Cairns, Haywood, Warburton, Platt, Lees, Barrow (Pepper 58), Mullan, Wilkinson (Hatch 50), Mukendi (Laird 51), Gregory, Austin.
Subs unused: Sherriff, Bembo-Leta.
Referee: Ian Cooper
Assistants: Paul Yates and Adam Bakalarz