Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin was well aware that pre-season performances mean little if they don’t translate into results once the new season gets under way after his side’s impressive 4-2 win over Northampton Town on Saturday.
The League Two champions were out-of-sorts all afternoon as they struggled to contain Saints striker David Moyo who was Brackley’s tormentor-in-chief all afternoon in an impressive two-goal performance.
Alex Gudger and Matt Lowe netted the others as Saints earned a fully deserved victory and one which could have been more one-sided with better finishing.
Gudger struck first when heading home on nine minutes before Marc Richards hit back three minutes later for Northampton, but Moyo then pounced on a poor back pass to restore Brackley’s lead.
Again the Cobblers levelled, this time through Alex Revell, but second-half goals from Lowe and Moyo sealed an impressive victory.
Wilkin said afterwards: “I thought we equipped ourselves very well against a professional club and the game was played in the right spirit which is important.
“You can’t get carried away in pre-season, one way or another. A lot is expected of Northampton but you have to be mindful and Rob (Page) is finding his feet and they’ll do very well.
“We’re pleased that our fitness levels at this stage look good and we scored four goals which is something we didn’t achieve last season.”