Preview: Saints set for tense final day as Brady backs his boys to beat the drop

Stuart Pierpoint heads Saints ahead against Hyde. Picture by Jon Brady
Stuart Pierpoint heads Saints ahead against Hyde. Picture by Jon Brady
  • Brackley host Hednesford while rivals Colwyn Bay travel to Worcester
  • Victory guarantees Saints’ survival after season-long relegation battle
  • Draw or defeat coupled with a Colwyn win would send Brackley down unless Stalybridge lose

Brackley Town boss Jon Brady says his side must focus on themselves and not worry what’s happening elsewhere as they prepare for a nerve-jangling final day encounter with Hednesford Town.

Saints gave their Conference North survival chances a huge boost last weekend when they recorded back-to-back wins for just the third time this season with an invaluable 2-1 victory over bottom side Hyde.

Despite the previous week’s shock win over leaders Barrow, Saints were still in the bottom three and on the brink of relegation, but Saturday’s win takes them above Colwyn Bay and into safety with just one game remaining.

It now sets up a season-defining showdown against Hednesford Town at St James Park this Saturday. A win guarantees Saints’ survival but anything else would open the door for Colwyn Bay, who take on Worcester on the same day.

Speaking this week, Brady said: “Everyone at the club has worked so hard to get the club to this level. We’ve got one more hurdle to negotiate but I’m sure we can do it.

“The supporters have got behind the club when we’ve needed them to and we will need them again on Saturday to help us over the line.

“We will be trying to go for the win but Hednesford have had another excellent season. Worcester have a great home record but Colwyn Bay have only lost three on the road, so we must try and win the game.

“We can’t rely on what is happening elsewhere, we’ve just got to go out and do our job.

“We’ve hit form at the right time but having some more experienced players, like Curtis McDonald, Frank Sinclair and Own Story, has made a big difference. I’ve always believed we could get out of it, now it’s in our own hands and we have the opportunity to do it.”