Saints motor towards play-offs with Vauxhall win

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Glenn Walker’s first half goal was the difference between Brackley and Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday evening after a totally dominant Saints display.

Brackley outplayed their opponents throughout and could have been four up inside 15 minutes but a mixture of good goalkeeping and poor finishing frustrated Saints with Walker the only man to beat Zac Jones in the visiting goal.

However, that was enough for victory as Saints rarely looked in any danger of conceding – the win keeps Jon Brady’s side third in the Blue Square North.

Brackley came out all guns blazing in the opening 15 minutes and bombarded their visitors with a series of attacks as Tom Winters whipped a free-kick inches wide before Marvin Robinson headed straight at Jones from an inviting Winters cross.

Brackley maintained their fast start with chances coming thick and fast and the breakthrough finally came on 10 minutes when a cross from the right hit Robinson and fell kindly for Walker, who finished via the post from seven yards.

Now a goal up, Saints remained firmly on top and almost doubled their lead on two occasions as first Winters’ volley was cleared off the line before Izak Reid shot straight at the on-rushing Jones when clean through.

Although Vauxhall settled and began to grow in confidence, Saints always looked the likelier to score, highlighted when Robinson headed straight at Jones from Reid’s cross before Winters’ corner found Reid at the back post but the winger completely missed the ball from four yards.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first half – Saints creating and wasting chances with Robinson again the guilty man when he put his free header from three yards straight at Jones.

Saints battered the visiting goal with wave after wave of attack but a combination of poor finishing and good goalkeeping kept them out – this time Jones getting down well to deny Walker after brilliant work from Winters.

With the score remaining at just 1-0, Vauxhall began to show more ambition against an edgy Saints side but the home side rarely looked in any trouble and could have sealed the points in the final few minutes but repeatedly wasted several good chances.

However, Walker’s goal proved to be enough for a victory that keeps Saints’ play-off charge firmly on track ahead of a trip to Solihull Moors this weekend.

Brackley Town: Turley (c), Clifton, Sharpe, Austin, McDonald, Reid (Story 72), Odhiambo, Sandy, Walker, Winters (Louis 76), Robinson (Diggin 76).

Subs not used: Nisevic, Corcoran

Referee: Dave Woolford

Attendance: 247