Brackley Town recorded back-to-back friendly wins this week ahead of their final pre-season match at home to Dover Athletic on Saturday – with free entry as part of National Football Day.
Saturday is a double celebration for Brackley, with the official opening of their new 3G artificial grass pitch at 11.30am, which coincides with Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day – a celebration of grassroots football.
Saints have endured some mixed results in pre-season, but wins over Farnborough and Bedworth United this week bodes well for the fast-approaching Skrill Conference North season that starts next Saturday at Barrow.
In a low-key friendly against Farnborough at the weekend, Saints began in lively fashion despite the lack of clear-cut chances.
Glenn Walker and trialist Greg Kaziboni looked dangerous but it was Conference South side Farnborough who took the lead through Dan Bennett’s 24th minute strike.
Brackley failed to retain possession in a scrappy first half and it appeared Farnborough would take a lead into half time until Kaziboni picked the ball up, twisted past a couple of defenders and slotted home to bring Brackley level at the break.
In another timid half after the interval, home goalkeeper Billy Turley was called into action on a couple of occasions as Farnborough threatened to snatch victory before Tom Sharpe’s 89th minute volley secured Saints the win.
In their penultimate pre-season friendly on Tuesday, goals in each half from Izak Reid earned Jon Brady’s side a 2-0 win at Evo-Stik Northern Premier First Division South club Bedworth.
Brady named a strong line-up and it showed early on as Gary Mulligan and Ryan Austin both went close before Reid hammered in the opener via the post.
Brackley doubled their lead within five minutes thanks to Reid again, and that’s how it remained until the final whistle despite further chances for the visitors.
Saints host Dover in their final friendly at St James’ Park on Saturday, kicking off at 3pm.