Saints draw with Dover as new pitch is officially opened

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Brackley Town ended their pre-season campaign with a 2-2 draw against Dover Athletic on a day of double celebration for the club.

On Saturday, Brackley hosted one of 150 events across the country to celebrate FA150 – 150 years of the Football Association – on Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day.

The club also officially opened their new artificial pitch, with Brackley mayor Pete Rawlinson and financial director Francis Oliver doing the unveiling, and held a junior football festival before Brackley and Dover kicked off.

Last season’s Conference North and South losing play-off finalists provided a lively encounter.

First half goals from Charlie Griffin and Nat Jarvis put Brackley in charge at the break before Dover staged a second half fight-back to earn a 2-2 draw.

A well executed first-time effort by Griffin gave Saints an early lead before Jarvis headed the second on 22 minutes.

Brackley dominated the first half as the Whites struggled to get into the game, the visitors’ main threat coming in the air from the powerful Richard Orlu.

Saints had chances to extend the lead through Izak Reid, the speedy winger breaking away but shooting just wide from a tight angle.

Substitutions brought the visitors to life and a brace from the robust Elliott Charles brought the scores level. On 63 minutes, Charles finished clinically one-on-one with keeper Billy Turley before heading his second goal of the game 10 minutes later as the defence was caught out by a deep cross.

Brackley finish pre-season with three wins and three draws from eight friendlies.

Jon Brady’s side kick-off the new Skill Conference North season with a trip to Barrow this Saturday.