Brady hails former Chelsea star after Sinclair saves the day for Saints

Greg Kaziboni takes a shot against Harrogate. Picture by Jake McNulty
Greg Kaziboni takes a shot against Harrogate. Picture by Jake McNulty

Brackley Town manager Jon Brady was full of praise for Frank Sinclair after the former Premier League star stepped in to solve Saints’ defensive crsis this week.

With defenders Tom Sharpe and Stuart Pierpoint both suspended, the 43-year-old centre-back, who made 218 appearances for Chelsea and 194 for Leicester, was asked by Brady to step in for Brackley’s games against Harrogate and North Ferriby United.

Speaking after his side’s 1-0 win over Harrogate on Saturday, Brady said: “Frank was first class today, both on the pitch and with the younger lads. He fitted in which is true testament to him. His desire and enthusiasm to play and to win are brilliant.”

Having left his player-manager role at Colwyn Bay the previous week, Sinclair was delighted to get the call from Brady, saying: “It’s been an unreal week! One week ago I was still the manager and planning for the game against Boston even though I had stated my intention to stand down.

“The phone has rung a lot since and I was pleased to hear from Jon. In fact, before I knew it, I was signed on to play! I appreciated Jon’s call and the chance to come here to play this afternoon.

“I’ve really enjoyed it – Jon was down to the bare bones so I am glad I could help out and I have done a job for him.”

Ebby Nelson-Addy scored the only goal of the game as Saints notched a third successive victory, and having helped keep a clean sheet, Sinclair was impressed with the young Saints side, adding: “Brackley have a largely young side but with bags of energy.

“There is some naivety at times of course but the manager wants to let the players express themselves.

“I played in the centre of defence today alongside Ryan Austin, who is very experienced. We talked a lot through the game. It was a well-earned three points against an experienced Harrogate side.

“We had opportunities to extend the lead but sometimes the final pass let us down and so we were holding on a bit at times. I think we did well to keep the clean sheet.”

Brackley were also in action on Tuesday evening when they earned a 1-1 draw away at North Ferriby United.

With a stiff wind in their faces, Saints faced a torrid first half at North Ferriby’s Church Lane ground as United launched attack after attack directed at six foot seven inch striker and top scorer Tom Denton, who put the hosts into a deserved lead on 14 minutes.

Having somehow managed to remain just one behind at half-time, Saints improved after the break and while Ferriby hit the bar, Greg Kaziboni went close for Saints and Moyo almost connected with Dwayne Samuels’ cross before Will Green’s pace did the damage, grabbing the equaliser with 10 minutes remaining after running onto Greg Kaziboni’s fine through-ball.

Brackley then spurned a glorious opportunity to snatch all three points in the dying seconds as Eric Odihambo slid the ball wide with only United goalkeeper Adam Nicklin to beat.

Brackley, who remain 13th in the Conference North, visit Solihull Moors this weekend.