FOOTBALL: Brackley Town’s good run continued this week with a 2-1 Northants Senior County Cup quarter-final win over Cogenhoe United on Tuesday following a 1-0 success at Weymouth in the Evostik Southern League Premier Division last Saturday.
Against Weymouth, a 30th minute Elliot Sandy strike saw off the hosts, while in the county cup at St James Park first half goals from Michael Chennells and Jefferson Louis sealed victory, with Karl Bates netting for the visitors on 31 minutes.
The Weymouth win saw promtion chasing Brackley move up to third spot in the Premier Division table, a point behind leaders Cambridge City.
It was Brackley’s sixth clean sheet in a row including the FA Trophy success against Mickleover, but Saints’ bid to equal the club record of seven clean sheets was dashed with Cogenhoe scoring on Tuesday.
Brackley dominated Saturday’s game in Dorset but were thwarted by an outstanding display from on-loan home keeper Nick Jordan.
Sandy netted his sixth goal of the season firing home from a Steve Diggin cross, but a flurry of other goalscoring chances were repelled by Jordan, including two good chances for Tom Winters late on in the game, Jordan getting his fingertips to a shot and blocking another with his legs.
New Saints signing Michael Pook, formerly of Swindon and Cheltenham Town, made his debut at Weymouth.
In the county cup game, Brackley, who are the cup holders, progressed to the semi-finals with a solid display against a pacey Cogenhoe side.
Chennells struck first on eight minutes after good work by Diggin and five minutes later Louis netted from close range from Diggins’ cross. Bates’ put the visitors back in the tie when he headed home from a cross 14 minutes from the break. There was no further score in the second period with Brackley going close on several occasions.Young substitutes Matt Johnson and George Husband came on for Saints and gave a good account of themselves.
Brackley boss Jon Brady was delighted with both wins, singling out Steve Diggin for special praise for his displays.
Saints travel to Hemel Hempstead Town this Saturday for a second qualifying round FA Trophy tie, kick-off 3pm.