Saints up three places with win

Ryan Rowe
Ryan Rowe

Brackley climbed three places in the league table with a narrow home win over Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday.

Ryan Rowe’s 17th minute goal gave Saints the advantage in a fine spell of play by the home side before Celtic fought back at the start of the second period to push Brackley all the way.

It was good work by Ebby Nelson-Addy that created the chance for Rowe who pounced to fire home. Before this, Nelson-Addy shot over after a fine move before an exquisite pass by Sam Whittall saw Eddie Odhiambo shoot over.

Staybridge striker Anthony Malbon was always a threat and got a shot away on 20 minutes that flew just over before the visitors wasted a golden chance to equalise, Paul Ennis shooting against the post with Billy Turley stranded.

Celtic forced Saints onto the defensive straight from the second half kick-off. Ennis brought a finger tip save by Turley that rebounded from the woodwork to Malbon who fired over in a double let-off.

As Saints came back into the game both sides had half chances. Whittall shot over for Brackley and Liam Dickenson headed wide before a late flurry of seven yellow cards and a red for Celtic’s Matthew Hughes brought the game to a dramatic conclusion without further goals.

Brackley Town: Turley, Samuels, Carruthers, Eddie Odhiambo, Sharpe, Austin, Nelson-Addy, Whittall, Rowe (Jeffers 50), Pearson (Smith 50), Eric Odhiambo.

Stalybridge Celtic: King, Crowley, Williams, Hughes, Regan, Bleau, McKenna, Mainwaring, Malbon, Ennis (Chippendale 65), Dickenson.

Referee: Anthony da Costa

Attendance: 230