Brackley Town’s promotion charge revved into overdrive on Tuesday evening when they moved to within touching distance of the play-offs with a 6-0 thrashing of AFC Telford United.
Telford had been in decent form going into the game, winning two of their past three, but they were blown away by a scintillating attacking performance by Brackley, who were helped by their hosts having a man sent-off in the first-half.
But by that point Saints were already in the driving seat through a debut goal from Jordan Hempenstall on 15 minutes, and after Paul McCone was dismissed for denying a clear goalscoring chance, Shane Byrne curled home the subsequent free-kick to put the visitors in total control at half-time.
The second-half became a demolition job with Jimmy Armson scoring his 21st goal of the season two minutes after the restart before Glenn Walker’s deflected effort made it four barely three minutes later.
The Brackley onslaught didn’t stop there either, and it was David Moyo who got in on the act with two goals in two minutes to inflict more misery on the beleaguered hosts.
Although Saints created more chances in the remaining 20 minutes, that ended the scoring. Brackley are up to ninth, within three points of the play-offs.
“I thought we managed the game well,” said manager Kevin Wilkin afterwards. “The surface was difficult but we tried to move the ball and we got ourselves in the box seat with the first goal.
“The sending off opened things up for us but I thought we were ruthless and we could have scored even more but not many sides will come here and score six so we’re delighted.
“At times this season that bit of combination between our front players has been missing but they’ve always worked very hard and that interchange of play was evident from the off and hopefully that’s something we can develop in the coming weeks.”