Brady wary of title talk as Saints go to Celtic

Brackley Town boss Jon Brady used last weekend’s postponed fixture against Gloucester as a chance to recharge the batteries and prepare his side for the business end of the season.

Recent wins over promotion rivals Boston United and Solihull Moors have seen Saints shoot up to third in the Conference North, five points behind leaders North Ferriby, after heavy rain saw their fixture against Gloucester called off.

But Brady has warned his side against complacency and insists they must focus on one game at a time, he said: “We’re not looking at promotion or anything like that. We have a points tally in mind and that’s what we’ll aim for. It’s a cliche but we have to look at one game at a time.

“Those games (Boston and Solihull) at this stage of the season are six-pointers. We now have to make sure that the teams in the lower half of the table aren’t our achilles heel.”

On last weekend’s home fixture with Gloucester that succumbed to the torrential overnight rain, Brady added: “We’re not looking at it as a negative. It allowed us to recharge the batteries and enabled myself and Darren (Collins) to go and watch a few other teams and get ourselves ready for the final third of the season.

“We trained really hard on Tuesday night. We have a few injury concerns in the shape of Curtis McDonald and Owen Story, so we need to get everyone back fit.”

Story should be back within a week, but left-back McDonald will be sidelined for around three to four weeks.

This weekend Brady’s men travel to struggling Stalybridge Celtic looking to continue their recent good form against a side who have failed to win any of their last 10 matches and are hovering just above the relegation zone in 19th.

“We’ve won three of our last four and got some good momentum going,” added Brady.

“Stalybridge have a new manager and they’ve been a bit up-and-down recently but we’ve found some consistency and we need go there and continue that.

“We’re in a really good position to be in at the moment. We had a blip after the FA Cup run, which was to be expected, but I feel we’ve got a lot of players playing at the top of their game now.”