FOOTBALL: Brackley Town are finishing the season firing on all cylinders, writes Sports Editor Mark Pendred.
A goalless draw with high flying Leamington at St James Park last Saturday was followed by a 6-0 trouncing of table proppers Halesowen Town at home on Tuesday in the Zamaretto Premier.
Saints found their goalscoring touch against lacklustre Halesowen, with a braces apiece from Tom Winters and Owen Story, mixed in with goals from Francis Green and Steve Basham.
Brackley were 3-0 up after 13 minutes. First Green fired home from close range on six minutes following good work from Carl Palmer and then Winters made it 2-0 with a 20-yard piledriver which gave Halesowen keeper Louis Connor no chance.
Basham completed Connor’s misery four minutes later with an exquisite low shot from distance.
Saints’ continued to harry the visitors, with Winters orchestrating many of their best moves, but failed to add to their total as the break came along. Halesowen had shown glimpses of ability in the first half, with some good build-up play, the one dangerous moment for Brackley coming on the half hour when Keenan Meakin-Richards curled in a free kick from the left, which hit the Brackley upright and bounced to safety.
The second period saw Brackley seal victory in the opening minutes with a Story double. The striker, who had been quiet in the first half, struck in the 48th minute and then followed up a minute later with a fine run into the Halesowen box, firing home an unstoppable shot past Connor.
Brackley created more chances as the half wore on with Jon Bond in the Brackley goal having little to do.
The sixth goal came on 80 minutes when substitute Elliott Sandy’s good run down the left ended with a Winters tap-in.
Brackley were missing striker Michael Chennells due to injury, and had Marcus Bignot, Darren Collins, Ashley Peyton-Bruhl and Sandy on the bench.
The win moved Saints upto to ninth spot in the Premier Division.
Brackley Town: Bond, Clifton, Gould, Magunda, Willmott, Kemp, Story, Palmer, Green, Basham (Sandy), Winters,
Halesowen Town: Connor, Adams, Robinson, Godwin (Ibhadon), Skidmore, Davies, Curtis, Meakin-Richards, Smith, Mills, Jarrett. Jon Brady’s side visit Bashley this Saturday, kick-off 3pm, and on Tuesday travel to Northampton for the final of the Senior County cup against Corby S & L.