Winters fires Brackley to third place

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First half goals by in-form Tom Winters secured a comfortable win for Saints in a low key game against Worcester City in Saints’ final home match of the regular season.

The result secured third place for Saints and means they will face either FC Halifax or Altrincham away in the first leg of the play-off semi-final next Tuesday.

Against Worcester, Brackley began well as Winters set up Glenn Walker on 20 minutes but his shot was cleared, only for Winters to steer his header beyond Matt Sargeant for the opening goal from the ensuing cross.

As half-time approached, Winters struck again when he cut inside and finished coolly to double the lead after Izak Reid had struck the post.

In between goals, Kieran Morris miss-cued when well-placed for the visitors as Brackley remained in command at half time.

The second half was dominated by Saints but the visitors had two golden chances themselves as Mike Symons missed an open goal on the hour and Billy Turley saved superbly from Symons minutes later.

Winters posed a constant threat, driving a shot just wide and bringing a fine save from Sargeant within minutes of the re-start.

Reid’s effort was well saved and substitute Owen Story shot high from a corner before Brackley three times came close to extending the lead from Winters’ stooping header, Marvin Robinson – who connected with Eddie Odhiambo’s cross but directed it wide – and Walker was narrowly wide from Eddie Nisevic’s cross.

Despite those misses, it was another confident performance from in-form Saints to wrap up their 25th victory of a remarkable season.

Brackley: Turley, Clifton (Story 60), McDonald, Odhiambo, Sharpe (Nisevic 66), Austin, Reid, Solkhon, Robinson, Sandy (Diggin 48), Winters.

Subs not used: Mulligan, Louis

Referee: Colin Lymer

Attendance: 382