Louis brace puts Saints clear at top

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Brackley Town 2

ArleseyTown 1

In-form Jefferson Louis grabbed a brace as Brackley saw off Arlesey on Tuesday to go four points clear at the top of the Evostik Southern League Premier Division.

The three points boosted Saints’ promotion chances following a frustrating 2-1 home loss to Stourbridge last Saturday.

Brackley travel to second-placed AFC Totton this Saturday, kick-off 3pm, with boss Jon Brady hopeful of a strong performance.

He said: “It was good to get back to winning ways against Arlesey, even though we haven’t been playing at our best. Ours is the best away record in the league and we’ll go to Totton feeling very positive.”

Against Arlesey, Tom Winters was absent due to injury, but Brackley drafted in newly-signed striker Glenn Walker from Banbury United, who impressed on his debut and was Brady’s man-of-the-match. After a bright start by the visitors Brackley dominated the first half, netting through Louis’ close range shot from a Walker corner curled in from the right on 33 minutes.

Walker had a chance to increase Brackley’s lead minutes later but saw his goalbound shot well saved by Arlesey keeper Nick Bussey. The new signing then had a goal disallowed for offside.

Arlesey made it 1-1 in the 55th minute with a penalty from Chris Dillon after Tom Marshall brought down an Arlesey player just inside the box. There was a nervy spell for Saints afterwards with Turley saving well as Arlesey looked to increase their score, But Louis notched his second on 77 minutes with a header from Owen Story’s kick to seal victory.

Brackley Town: Turley, Clifton, Nisevic, Palmer, Marshall, Kemp, Story, Solkhon, Diggin (Sandy/Thomas), Louis, Walker.

> Tom Winters has fluid on the knee but could be back training next week, while defender Josh Green, missing on Tuesday due to a back spasm, might be fit in time for Saturday’s game.

>>See Page 119 for a full report of Saturday’s game against Stourbridge.