Saints on top in five-goal thriller

Jefferson Louis in action for Brackley against Bashley
Jefferson Louis in action for Brackley against Bashley

FOOTBALL: Brackley Town edged a five-goal thriller against Bashley last Saturday at St James Park to move upto second spot in the Southern League Premier Division.

A game dominated by the home side so nearly saw the visitors snatch a point as James Stokoe’s 88th minute header set up an anxious finale for Brackley and Bashley’s Mark Gamble saw his last gasp close range effort thwarted by the legs of keeper Billy Turley.

Brackley were two early goals to the good, both through Steve Diggin, who threatened all afternoon. The first was created by Jefferson Louis’ pace through the middle as the striker’s first effort fell kindly to Diggin who finished well and the second came after a fine run by James Clifton from left-back who delivered an excellent cross that the sharp Diggin tucked home.

Bashley pulled one back on 26 minutes through Gamble following a goalmouth scramble but it was always the home side likely to score again. On 35 minutes a superb early cross from Owen Story was met by Jefferson Louis whose header crashed off the post with keeper Joe Promodo beaten. After the break Brackley maintained their dominance. Story was unable to finish within minutes of the re-start set up beautifully by Diggin, Diggin’s shot against Promodo earning just a corner on 53 minutes before Tom Winters’ fine run and cross found Diggin whose first time shot was spectacularly turned over by the keeper.

The third goal came on 66 minutes as Tom Kemp powered home a header direct from a Story corner to extend the lead. However, while Saints continued to create chances aplenty to finish the game, there was to be a stirring climax as the visitors conjured a second goal and almost grabbed the late equaliser.

Brackley Town: Turley, Myles, Clifton, Palmer, J Green, Kemp, Story, Solkhon, Diggin (Dempsey 85), Louis (Sandy 75), Winters.

Bashley: Prodomo, Smith, Finlay (Hester 77), Middleton, Lloyd, Green, Rowley (Penny 81), Allen, Stokoe, Gamble,Oliver.