Brady cautious after last-gasp Saints bag first win

Ryan Rowe
Ryan Rowe

Ryan Rowe bagged a 94th minute winner as Brackley Town recorded their first victory of the 2014/15 season with a dramatic 3-2 win over Gainsborough Trinity.

Goals from Adam Quinn and Connor Higginson twice put Trinity ahead but Saints hit back with two goals in the final seven minutes, first through Greg Kaziboni and then Rowe.

Speaking after the game, Brackley boss Jon Brady said: “There was some fantastic play and some naivety today.

“We got better as the game went on. Eddie Odhiambo sparked us up with his play and a superb goal. That was the catalyst to propel us on.

“We showed good character to come back again having lost a second goal. Bringing Greg Kaziboni on for the final half-hour changed the game.

“He scored a wonder goal and is getting fitter all the time. Then Ryan Rowe scored the third after some clever play and a cool finish.”

Trinity dominated the early stages with Simon Russell rolling his shot wide when well-placed after only five minutes, before they took the lead through Quinn’s header from a Ciaran Toner free-kick.

Odhiambo’s sweet strike on 50 minutes drew the sides level before Trinity capitalised on a defensive lapse as good work by Grant Roberts on the left caused a scramble in the goalmouth from which Higginson forced the ball home.

With time running out, Brackley substitute Kaziboni scored spectacularly from distance for an early contender for goal of the season before, deep into stoppage time, fine work by Mitchell Austin created a chance for another substitute, this time Rowe, and his cool finish lobbed goalkeeper Jan Budtz to put Saints ahead for the first time in the match.

There was still time for Trinity to hit the crossbar and bring an excellent save from young goalkeeper Dean Snedker as the home side recorded a first win of the campaign.

Brady added: “It was good to get this first win behind us and a real relief, but we will not get carried away.

“There is a lot of hard work ahead and it will call for patience and real character and attitude. It is still early for us and we will need the whole squad as we did today.”

Brackley: Snedker, Samuels, McDonald, Odhiambo, Sharpe, R.Austin, Brown (Kaziboni 60), Mulligan (Rowe 77), Pearson (Johnson 85), Curtis, M.Austin.

Gainsborough: Budtz, Roma, Lacey, Roberts, Quinn, Picton, Russell, Toner, Beesley (Lobjoit 86), Stamp, Davis (Higginson 57).

Referee: Andy Hendley