Upbeat Brady takes the positive as Saints sit bottom

Brackley's Greg Kaziboni. Picture by Jake McNulty
Brackley's Greg Kaziboni. Picture by Jake McNulty

Brackley Town manager Jon Brady remains upbeat despite his side currently sitting bottom of the Conference North table after two defeats in their first two matches.

Saints began the season with a disastrous 4-0 defeat away at newly-promoted AFC Flyde on Saturday before Brady’s side were edged out 1-0 by Boston United at St James Park on Tuesday evening.

A 62nd minute speculative shot by Boston substitute Stefan Galinski won a tight game for the visitors, with the ball finding the net in off the post from 30 yards.

An even first half saw few chances until Boston hit the crossbar through Carl Piergianni on 42 minutes and in the ensuing scramble, the ball was somehow kept out to take the sides into the break on level terms.

The second half was even closer with Saints having numerous chances to equalise following Galinski’s wonder goal as Ricky Johnson’s header squirted just wide from Jon Brown’s well flighted free-kick while Curtis McDonald was denied by some last-ditch defending, but Boston held on for all three points.

Despite the defeat, Brady felt there were plenty of positives to take from a much-improved display following Saturday’s heavy defeat at Flyde, including the performance from debutant Joe Curtis.

The former Southampton youngster, who can play in midfield or up front, signed for Saints from Cheltenham Town last week.

Brady said afterwards: “Joe was excellent tonight. At the moment not everyone is fully fit and we have picked up further injuries tonight.

“We played some good football and opened them up without creating clear-cut chances, and we restricted Boston to very few attempts on goal.

“This is a brand new team and things will take some time but there were many positives to take from tonight’s performance.”

Looking ahead to this Saturday’s fixture against Gainsborough Trinity at St James Park, Brady added: “There are no weak sides in this league this year.

“Gainsborough Trinity come here next and they are a young and energetic side with real goal potential. I am expecting another tough, physical game.”

Brackley: Snedker, Carruthers (Johnson 60), McDonald, Odhiambo, Sharpe, Austin, Brown, Ives (McGowan 45), Mulligan (Green 65), Curtis, Kaziboni (Rowe 66).

Subs not used: Green, Pearson.

Boston: Vince, McGhee (Galinski 45), Steer (Doran 35), Marshall, Garner, Piergianni, Reynolds, Hollinsworth, Southwell, Dickinson (Fallah 66), Meadows.

Subs not used: Barlow, Hewitt.

Attendance: 361

Referee: Rob-Ellis Massey