A SUPERB brace from striker Steve Diggin stole the show as Brackley Town recorded a fine 2-1 away win at fifth-placed Worcester on Monday evening.
Played at the famous St George’s Lane Stadium, 1029 fans turned up to witness a high quality game that was ultimately decided by a wonder goal from the Saints striker.
In a first half of few chances, Diggin made no mistake in turning home Owen Story’s fine right-wing cross to give the visitors a 16th minute lead.
A flurry of goalmouth activity at the end of the half left the score in tact at the break as first Glenn Walker’s goal-bound shot hit his own player and then City’s Tom Thorley hit a fierce free-kick that Billy Turley gathered gratefully at the second attempt.
The second period began with a blizzard of substitutions and yellow cards, a chance for Marvin Robinson that was foiled by a last ditch block and tempers at boiling point before the hosts grabbed the equaliser direct from a corner through a defensive mistake, the goal credited to Greg Mills.
Owen Story’s 63rd minute free-kick crashed onto the bar as both sides sought the crucial third goal and it was Saints who conjured the goal with 15 minutes remaining.
Fine work on the right by the outstanding Glenn Walker found Diggin on the by-line in the danger zone. The striker turned sharply, leaving defenders rooted, and fired home from an impossible angle high into the roof of the net beyond ‘keeper Glyn Thompson’s flailing fingers in a goal of skill and style worthy of winning any match.
City poured forward – creating pressure on Brackley’s defence where central pairing of Ryan Austin and Curtis McDonald stood firm.
With better finishing City may have found another equaliser but good positions were squandered and Saints held on to record a fine victory.
Manager Jon Brady commented before the game that confidence can ebb quickly following defeats such as at Arlesey and Harrogate but that the results against strong Gainsborough and Halifax sides had put the team right back on track.
The proof was clear to see in a strong all-round team performance and arguably the best result of the season so far that put Saints temporarily back on top.