Five-star Saints make timely return to form

Steve Diggin slots home Brackley's fifth. Picture by Brian Martin.
Steve Diggin slots home Brackley's fifth. Picture by Brian Martin.

Brackley Town kept their slim hopes of promotion alive by smashing five goals past a dispirited Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.

Just seven days after Bradford had departed St James park with the points, Saints hit back in style with top scorer Stefan Moore scoring twice to lift Saints to seventh and to within one point of the play-off sports.

Both the recent form of just one win in seven and a bumpy playing surface that tested players to the limit were brushed aside as Saints started brightly, took command of the game and never looked back.

Glenn Walker’s seventh minute opening goal was created by Mitchell Austin on his first appearance following a loan deal with Premier outfit Cambridge United. Walker’s control, confidence on the ball and superb finish announced a torrid afternoon ahead for Avenue defenders.

A succession of corners were successfully defended until the 24th minute when Walker’s deep cross from a corner on the right found Remy Clerima in space and the Frenchman made no mistake with his header.

Saints added a third before the break, Gary Mulligan being felled by keeper John Lamb and Stefan Moore smartly sending lamb the wrong way.

Moore notched his second of the game on the hour mark, finishing exquisitely in the penalty area after fine work again by Mitchell Austin.

Jon Brady made a double change, swapping Moore and Mulligan for Diggin and Rowe but this did not ease Park Avenue’s plight.

The home side escaped a double chance as first Mitchell Austin’s effort was blocked and then Walker’s shot saved in Walker’s last action as he gave way for David Bridges.

There was yet time for a further goal which Diggin executed, making no mistake having cut inside from the right to create the space to roll the ball over the line beyond a prone Lamb to secure a record away win.

Saints will need to build on this win when they visit Hednesford Town tonight, a game Brackley must win to keep in touch with the top five.

Brackley Town: Turley, Clerima, Langdon, Odhiambo, Sharpe, R.Austin, Mulligan (Rowe 64), Solkhon, Moore (Diggin 64), M.Austin, Walker (Bridges 74).

Subs not used: Reid, Nisevic

Bradford PA: Lamb, Black, Drury, Price, Harris, Qualter, Deacey, Maxfield, Chalaka, Boshell (Beesley 29), Walker.

Referee: Simeon Lucas

Attendance: 352