Brackley Town stepped up their preparations for the season this week with a draw against Forest Green Rovers and a defeat to Rugby Town.
With the start of the 2013/14 Conference North just two weeks away, Jon Brady has been slowly piecing his squad together for Saints’ opening game – a long trip to Barrow on August 17.
First up this week was a home encounter with Forest Green at the weekend, a match which finished in a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
Both goals were scored in the first half, with Rovers taking the lead on 20 minutes when Nathan Waters side-footed home a cross from Ed Asafu-Adjaye on the right.
However, it took Brackley just three minutes to reply as new signing Charlie Griffin bagged his first goal for the club, stabbing home from close range after his bullet header from a Glenn Walker cross smacked off the crossbar and rebounded back to him.
The match entered a subdued spell following those goals with Steve Towers impressing in the centre of midfield on his second home game for his new side.
A flurry of half time substitutions disrupted the flow and made for a disjointed second half, but Forest Green looked the likelier to score the winner thanks to a number of chances as Andy Mangan headed against the home goalkeeper before Konora miss-kicked acrobatically in the box.
The final chance came in the 90th minute when Saul Williams’ thunderbolt shot brought a fine save, leaving the game to end all square.
Against Rugby on Tuesday, Brackley threatened through Marvin Robinson before Eddie Odhiambo saw his penalty saved, but the home side were well worth the win, which came thanks to a late Greg Kaziboni strike.
Brackley’s next friendly is against Farnborough at St James’ Park tomorrow, Saturday.