Brackley Town manager Jon Brady says his side are “only looking forward” following their invaluable 2-1 victory over local rivals Leamington.
Saints have been languishing near the bottom of the Conference North for much of the season but Saturday’s win lifts them to 15th and five points clear of relegation.
Brady said afterwards: “Overall we dominated possession today. We showed good resilience and the system we played worked as we had hoped.
“This is a young team. We had six players starting today under the age of 21 and this was a big game this afternoon given the respective positions of the teams, but the players handled it well. We are not looking back, we are only looking forward.”
Brady also heaped praise on young striker Will Green, who netted his fourth goal in five games on Saturday, adding: “I am pleased for Will. He has everything it takes to become a top player. He’s been given his chance and he is taking it.”
Brackley made a bright start with debutant striker David Moyo, who’s signed for the club on a month’s loan from League Two side Northampton Town, thwarted when through on goal early on before Green gave Saints the lead with a 22nd minute header from Eddie Odhiambo’s cross.
Only excellent defending by Dwayne Samuels from Stefan Moore’s cross then preserved Brackley’s lead before Jack Edwards headed over from the resulting corner.
Green twice threatened to extend the lead in the opening minutes of the second half and Moyo went close before Moore saw his header well-saved by Dean Snedker.
Moyo then scored a fine debut goal to double the lead as Ryan Rowe’s cross-field pass picked out Samuels, whose deep cross was headed into the net via the crossbar by Moyo.
Saints were in control, playing some good football, and they appeared to be cruising to a crucial win before Lee Moore grabbed a lifeline for Leamington, firing home with nine minutes remaining as defenders failed to clear their lines.
Brakes put Saints under some late pressure but Brackley were not to be denied three precious points in the fight at the wrong end of the table.
Brackley start their busy Christmas schedule with a home game against AFC Fylde tomorrow, Saturday, before going to Gloucester City on Boxing Day.
Brackley: Snedker, Samuels, Carruthers, Eddie Odhiambo, Sharpe, Austin, Eric Odhiambo, Whittall (Kaziboni 88), Rowe, Green, Moyo.