Saints the best in the country with eighth win

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Football.Brackley Town v Workington.Elliott Sandy.'120915M-E116

BRACKLEY Town are the only side in the whole country to remain with a 100 per cent winning record after beating Workington 3-1.

Saints went into half time leading 1-0 but they were pegged back shortly after the break 
before going on to dominate the remaining 40 minutes.

MHBG-30-08-12 Brackley FC 'Brackley Town v Bishops Stortford'Pictured:'Brackley player:10:Elliott Sandy'Brackley Player 9:Gary Mulligan'Bs Player 6:Sean Francis

MHBG-30-08-12 Brackley FC 'Brackley Town v Bishops Stortford'Pictured:'Brackley player:10:Elliott Sandy'Brackley Player 9:Gary Mulligan'Bs Player 6:Sean Francis

The hosts created chance after chance – playing some superb football in the process – and they finally got their reward through goals from the outstanding 
Elliot Sandy and Glenn Walker.

Town are now three points clear at the top of the table following Chester’s 3-2 loss at Boston and they are also the only club in the top eight leagues in the country to hold a 100 per cent record.

The first half was an even 
affair with the only moment of note coming when the linesman injured himself, which resulted in a seven-minute stoppage while a replacement was found.

But, despite struggling to carve out many goal scoring chances, James Clifton gave Brackley the lead on the stroke of half time.

The home side came flying out in the second period but it was Workington who levelled against the run of play.

However, that just seemed to spur Saints on as they went on to totally dominant the half and were only denied by an impressive goalkeeping display from Aaron Taylor.

But Town did finally breakthrough when Sandy stabbed in from a few yards out before Walker clinched victory.

Afterwards, manager Jon Brady said: “With the quality we’ve got, I always believed it would come. They didn’t put their heads down and kept going.

“Their keeper was magnificent at times. We did try to place it in the corners but you have to hold your hand up to the keeper.

“Some of the football we played in the second half was 
incredible at times.”

Tomorrow, Brady’s side host local rivals Daventry Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

He added: “It’s very nice to go into the FA Cup after the start we’ve had.

“We’re looking forward to playing our neighbours Daventry. We’ll go into that with confidence and we know that our work-rate and our quality is getting us there.”

Meanwhile, Brackley have appointed Karl Ballard to the new post of General Manager at the club.

The role will support the development of the football club with specific responsibilities including promotion of the club, development of commercial opportunities and leadership of grounds and pitch maintenance.

Chairperson Sara Crannage said: “These are exciting times at Brackley Town. Promotion to the Blue Square Bet Conference North has generated a great deal of work and many new opportunities.

“The club has twin goals of competing at the highest level possible and being at the heart of our community in Brackley and the surrounding areas.

“The appointment of Karl Ballard to this new role will help the development of the club. Karl will take up this part-time post alongside his role as club Sports Therapist.”

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