Saints ease to commanding victory

Stefan Moore and his Brackley team-mates celebrate
Stefan Moore and his Brackley team-mates celebrate

Brackley Town produced their most dominant performance of the season on Saturday to return to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 victory away at bottom of the table Workington.

Despite the home side’s recent run of home form that brought wins against Boston United and Oxford City, Brackley were easy winners and deservedly came out on top courtesy of goals from Remy Clerima, Stefan Moore and David Bridges to record an important win. Saints had plenty of further opportunities to increase their goal tally but will look back on a game they dominated from start to finish.

The victory is Brackley’s first in five games and manager Jon Brady will be keen to build some momentum heading into the final nine games of the season with Saints currently seventh and a point off a play-off place.

He said afterwards: “Today every player was at least 7/ 10. We dominated from start to finish and thoroughly deserved the win. David Bridges was on top form in midfield and among the goals again. It was especially pleasing to keep a clean sheet.”

Beginning with an unchanged starting line-up from last Saturday’s encounter against Altrincham, Saints took an early lead as Clerima got in front of his marker to head home from Bridges’ cross on just 14 minutes.

Moore then notched his 20th of the season on the half hour, finishing smartly as defenders failed to clear and Glenn Walker’s effort was well saved by Nizic in the home goal.

While Workington lacked a real goal threat, Billy Turley was called into action to deny Anthony Wright as half-time approached, the veteran ‘keeper pulling off an outstanding save to tip the shot onto his crossbar and away to safety.

The second half was a repeat performance of the first as the home side had no answer to Saints’ pace and passing. Moore was through on goal within seconds of the re-start but his lob over Nizic was just wide and on the hour Steve Diggin was twice denied by first Nizic and then the post before Moore’s shot was blocked as Workington’s goal led a charmed life.

Nizic was at the heart of the action and, in a bizarre incident, threw the ball directly to Moore just yards from goal but the striker could not profit as Nizic recovered to smother his effort.

Saints’ third goal came from fine work by David Bridges, who registered goals in successive games, firing home explosively after neat control created the chance.

Brackley are back in action on Tuesday when they host another team struggling near the bottom of the Conference North, Gloucester City, with a win essential if Saints are to mount a late push for the play-offs.

Brackley: Turley, Clerima, Langdon, Bridges, Sharpe, Austin, Reid (Story 80), Solkhon (Towers 87), Moore (Mulligan 70), Diggin, Walker.

Workington: Nizic, V.Fernandes, Smith, May, Andrews, Lynch, Hoskin (Tinnion 70), Skelton (Allison 64), Jackson, Wright (B.Fernandes 70), McKenna.

Referee: Mr P.Dermott

Attendance: 314