03/10/20 By Baylie-James Lyford

Banbury United vs Brackley Town

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For the first time this season the boys got to wear the yellow away kit against local rivals Banbury United, after 11 goals in two games for Brackley and Banbury with 6 in two the game was set up for a few goals and an exciting affair.

The game had an edgy start from kick off after Captain Dale Freeman won the coin toss, both teams kept the ball with a lot of pressure being applied by both sides. However, after winning the ball back just inside of the defensive half Brackley managed to get the first threatening attack of the game, Ryan Burns tackled the Banbury striker to pick out Callum Hodgkins in space who then freed Bradley Cheshire down the line. Beating the centre half for pace he reached the touchline and found Baylie-James Lyford on a late darting run from midfield who slotted away on the half volley. 1-0 up after 4 minutes the shots did not stop there with Brackley feeling confident after taking an early lead, this saw the Banbury keeper pull off some great saves and counterattack. The game then settled back down with some routine saves and catches from the Skipper Dale and some possession from Brackley. A few chances did arise with corners from Johnny White and Baylie-James Lyford being met by Brackley defenders and a couple flicked on narrowly wide by Charlie Jefferies. HT 1-0.

Second Half then arrived, a Banbury kick off started the half and the pressure from Brackley on the Banbury defence resumed. Some good football from both teams did not come to much with a few loose balls running out of play, straight to defenders and both goalkeepers. Brackley struck close several times and Jake Maskell was denied by the woodwork after a curled effort towards the top right from 30 yards. Brackley then finally found a second goal of the game, Sam McConnell took the ball down the line and after a blocked cross passed backwards to Lewis Campbell who whipped in a cross onto Devon Weldon’s head who nodded it in with power and precision a great effort to get his 2nd goal of the season. 2-0 Brackley. With 15 minutes to play a Banbury counterattack was then converted well, Banbury with a goal back attacked at full speed chasing an equaliser. The Brackley lads stayed calm however and with 8 mins left to play Johnny White sent Baylie-James down the line from the Brackley half who beat two Banbury centre halves for pace and pulled back to Tom Rowlinson who took a touch spun the Banbury left back and was fouled. He then picked up the ball and tucked away his pen, two weeks successive he has tucked away from 12 yards and is top goal scorer for the lads with 4 goals in 3 games. The game then was won with a settled last 5 minutes.

FT Brackley Town 3-1 Banbury United

3 wins on the spin now, we play Boldmere St Michaels at home this week urgent to win again we sit 8th and continue our a good start.