Brackley hope to hit back after first home loss

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BRACKLEY Town will look to bounce back from their first home defeat of the season last week when they entertain Altrincham at St James’ Park tomorrow.

The Saints were beaten 3-2 by an impressive Chester FC outfit in a high-quality match in front of St James’ Park largest ever crowd.

Brackley were spirited but they were ultimately outclassed by a slick Chester team that now lie 10 points ahead of Jon Brady’s side at the top of the Blue Square North.

And the Saints boss was left impressed with the league leaders, he said: “I think Chester are easily the best team in the league.

“They have a lot of experience and they’ll be a very strong Conference side next year.”

Chester were always in the ascendency and looked to be on course for a heavy win when 3-0 up midway through the second half before two late Steve Diggin goals gave the score-line a slightly false reflection.

Brady added:“We made three vital errors and that’s what cost us in the end – our marking wasn’t tight enough.

“But overall I thought Chester were a very strong side, both on and off the ball they were excellent.

“The positives for us is that we never gave up and scored two late on so we know we have that quality to threaten but we didn’t do ourselves justice.

“It was a lesson to us – we have to be at our best to compete with the best teams in this league. We had four or five players not on their game and you can’t afford that.

“It wouldn’t have been a fair result had we got a draw. We know we’ve got that quality to get goals but we need that belief from the kick-off. All in all, we were naïve in certain areas and that cost us.

“It’ll make us better because it was a learning curve and we’ll be stronger for it.”

Brackley welcomed their largest ever crowd for the visit of Chester with over 1,100 people attending – making for a tremendous atmosphere inside St James’ Park. Brady added: “It was great to see such a packed crowd at St James’ Park., our crowds have improved by 50% so hopefully that can continue.”

This weekend Brackley host 10th placed Altrincham, who they beat 4-1 on the opening day of the season.

But Brady insists that result means nothing going into tomorrow’s match, saying: “It means absolutely nothing.

“They have threats all over the pitch and they have the top goalscorer in the league by a mile – he was only half fit when he played them earlier in the season so we need to ensure we keep him quiet and hopefully we can keep a clean sheet.”