Stuttering Saints slip to eighth

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Brackley Town’s promotion hopes took another huge hit this afternoon as they slipped down to eighth in the Conference North with a 2-1 home defeat against pre-season title favourites Altrincham.

Saints appeared on course for a vital victory when David Bridges put the home side ahead with a long-range effort, but two late Altrincham goals extended Brackley’s winless run to four games.

Jon Brady’s side had chances to increase their lead, with Stefan Moore missing two glorious second half opportunities, and they almost grabbed a late equaliser but Steve Diggin’s thunderbolt struck the underside of the crossbar and was deemed not to cross the line when it bounced away from danger.

Leading with seven minutes remaining, Brackley were on course to leap to third in the Conference North and get themselves right back into the mix for promotion, but Damian Reeves pulled Altrincham level before, two minutes later, James Walshaw completed a remarkable late turnaround.

Saints are now eighth in the table, 12 points behind leaders AFC Telford and one point behind fifth-placed Solihull Moors.