Blyth Spartans  1-3  Brackley Town  2/3/19 

Fine away win keeps Saints on course 

An impressive Brackley performance secured a vital away win at a blustery Croft Park recovering from an early set-back to score three first half goals on Glenn Walker’s 300th appearance for the club recording an eighth win in nine league games. 

“Glenn was excellent for us again today,” Kevin Wilkin said.  “His was one of several fine individual performances in an overall strong team performance to earn an important win and continue our decent form.” 

Blyth took an 8th minute lead through Dan Maguire, his 154th goal for the club on his 299th appearance, but Saints were level through Shane Byrne’s 25th minute penalty after Lee Ndlovu was brought down by on-loan keeper Mark Foden. 

Gaz Dean’s header gave Saints a deserved lead five minutes later as Foden failed to collect from Glenn Walker’s precise cross and Byrne got his second after 37 minutes rifling in his shot straight down the middle of the goal to put Brackley in command. 

There were further chances to extend the lead and there was defending to be done as Blyth never gave up but the score-line did not flatter the visitors.  The result and the performance laid to rest the memory of last season’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Spartans and kept Saints in 4th place ahead of next Saturday’s St James Park match of the day against Stockport County. 

Brackley Town:   Lewis, Myles, G.Walker, Byrne, Hall, Dean, Lowe (Nti 90+2), Armson (Fairlamb 77), Ndlovu, Baker (Sterling-James 90+4), A.Walker.   Subs unused:  Murombedzi, Jackson.  

Blyth Spartans:  Foden, Horner, Watson, Green (Butler 82), Buddle, Laing, Rivers, Oliver, Maguire, Reid (Dale 60), Holmes (Wrightson 60).     Subs unused:  Mullen, Nicholson.  

Referee:   Dean Watson           

Attendance:  651