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20th February 2019

Bluefin  Sports Supplementary Cup

Brackley Town Saints (2) Flackwell Heath (4) -After Extra Time

Saints: Worby, Middleton, Ward, Goddard, Brock, Carter, Watts,  Hammond, Bowden, Ball, Kille 

Subs: Swann, Green, Ball, Wood

A young Saints side battled hard in an absorbing Bluefin Cup 3rd round tie at St James’s Park. Although not a match of the highest quality it had its moments and it was not until the final minutes of extra time that the outcome became clear. 

Saints started well and a couple of  early forays by Charlie Kille down the left wing resulted in dangerous crosses but which eluded the arriving Saints attackers. Olly Goddard then tested Watkins in the Flackwell goal with a good strike from just outside the box.
Flackwell were lively upfront but Joe Ward and Olly Goddard looked comfortable under a barrage of high balls and it wasn’t until the 25th minute that Flackwell managed an attempt on goal when Adam Thomas fired over the bar when well placed.

On 30 minutes Goddard found George Ball with an accurate long pass which Ball controlled well on his chest but his left foot shot was collected easily by Watkins. Minutes later a similar long ball found James Hammond well placed in space on the left wing but his cross drifted behind for a  goal kick. Just before half-time Harry Brock and Charlie Kille combined well to set up Hammond whose powerful shot looked destined for the top right hand corner only for Watkins to dive, stretch and tip the ball over the bar. From the resulting corner Brock’s dangerous inswinging cross found Joe Ward unmarked in the 6 yard box and his instinctive header smashed against the bar. In the scramble that followed Saints were unable to bundle the ball over the line.

The second half began as the first had finished with Saints on the front foot and with Goddard  testing Watkins from just outside the box. However the momentum changed when the ref awarded what seemed to be a very soft free kick on the edge of the Saints box. Although you could argue about whether it was a free kick or not you could not argue about the quality of the free kick itself from Adam Thomas who bent the ball up and over  the wall and into the top corner of the net giving Worby no chance.

On 57 minutes the referee further tested the patience of the home supporters following a very poor tackle on Joe Ward who as a result of the challenge was out of the game with an injury.  The only question seemed to be whether the referee would give a red card. remarkably he didn’t even give a yellow card!


Saints managed to drag themselves back into the game on 62 minutes when Josh Bowden was upended in the Flackwell penalty area and George Ball stepped up confidently to slot the penalty home.

Unfortunately Saints could not hold onto parity very long and a few minutes later a quick break by Saints faltered on the halfway line. The ball found its way to Adam Thomas just outside the box and he cut into the box and fired under Worby to restore Flackwell’s lead.
Saints threw Goddard forward and played with three at the back in a desperate bid for an equaliser. The direct approach bore fruit on 89 minutes when a long ball found its way to substitute Sam Ball who battled strongly in the area to break through 2 challenges and was then able to toe poke the ball past Watkins to equalise.

So the tie moved into extra time. The first half was generally uneventful until the final minute when Saints were struck with a serious piece of bad luck. Flackwell’s Corbin–Chandler showed good pace down the left wing but his attempted cross was completely mishit deceiving Ali Worby and bouncing into the Saints net off of the far post.


In the second period of extra time Saints continued to battle and showed great character. Worby made a great save from a Flackwell free kick. Saints continued to push more and more players forward meaning that there was always the danger that they would get caught on the break which is exactly what happened with seven minutes remaining. Flackwell broke at pace and with great skill after which Sinclair was left with the easy task of firing past Worby.

So overall Saints will be disappointed to exit the cup but this was a spirited performance

 

 

5th February 2019

Hillier Senior Cup – Semi Final

Brackley Town Saints (0) Brackley Town FC (1)

Brackley Town:   Lewis, Myles, Fairlamb, Byrne, G.Walker, Dean, Sterling-James (Lowe 74), Nti, Jeffers, Baker (Armson 83), A.Walker.   Subs unused:  Ndlovu, Noon, Staff. 

BT Saints:  Worby, Middleton, Brock, Carter (Godfrey 45), Goddard, Ward (Green 83), Bowden (Jordan 71), Watts, Knight, Hammond, Kille. Subs unused: Baldwin, Ball 

What a fantastic evening for football in Brackley. On a cold, wet and windy night 305 fans thoroughly enjoyed watching Town and Saints serve up an entertaining Hillier Senior Cup Semi Final on a cracking pitch. 

As expected Town dominated possession for much of the game and the quality and experience of their players was clear to see. However Saints battled, defended and competed admirably and were always in the game right up to the very end. 

Saints started well and had the first chance, catching Town cold, after only two minutes when James Hammond picked up the ball on the halfway line and ran at pace directly at the heart of the Town defence which backed off allowing Hammond to feed the ball to Ryan Knight in the left channel of the penalty box. His shot was agonisingly the wrong side of the post. 

For 15 minutes there was little in the game, however Town gradually began to dominate possession and were finding plenty of space out wide. Saints were defending stoutly and although Town had 10 shots on target in the first half many of these were from distance. At times it was all hands to the pump but the back four coped very well and when they were breached Ali Worby was in great form making 3/4 excellent saves and making others look routine because of his solid positioning. 

The best chance of the half for Town was probably a Glenn Walker header which he would have been disappointed to flash past the post. 

Saints were struggling to retain possession, although there was a 30 pass move just before half time which was top drawer, and although the final pass went awry the crowd showed their appreciation of the difficult task that the Saints were facing with the loudest round of applause of the evening. 

The second half started in much the same vain. Carl Baker immediately tested Worby who tipped over and on 50 minutes Shaun Jeffers opened the scoring for Town with a deflected shot that wrong footed Worby, and which had a sniff of offside about it. Unfortunately the ref and linesman did not smell it. 

Town continued to pile on the pressure but despite this they were unable to find the second goal that might have opened the floodgates. Instead Saints enjoyed a final 20 minutes where they began to break intelligently, and created 2/3 half chances. On 72 minutes Knight broke down the left wing and fired across the goal just a touch too far ahead of the onrushing Chris Jordan who stretched and slid but could not quite reach to touch the ball into the unguarded net.  

With 4 minutes to go Dan Middleton and Curtis Green combined with Hammond who cut inside skilfully and exchanged passes with Knight and shot on target only to be denied by Danny Lewis down to his left. 

In added time Saints created one more clear cut chance. A corner was only partially cleared and the scramble on the edge of the box saw the ball rebound to Charlie Kille unmarked just outside of the six yard box. Again Danny Lewis was on hand to somehow keep out Kille's shot. 

All in all Town fully deserved their victory but Saints can hold their heads high after a strong team performance in which everybody gave their all. Particular praise for the back four of Dan Middleton, Ollie Goddard, Joe Ward and Harry Brock, backed up by Worby. Clearly that is likely to be the toughest examination that they will face this season and although it was hard at times they acquitted themselves brilliantly.

 

 

19th January 2019

UHL Hellenic League Premier Division

Brackley Town Saints (0) Flackwell Heath (0) 

SAINTS – Worby, Green (Woods 48), Brock, Godfrey, Goddard, Baldwin, Middleton, Watts, Knight, Hammond, Kille (Ward 75) – Sub not used Middleton L, Ireland, Jordan 

Only the third time that Saints have failed to register a goal in a league game this season. Despite the lack of goals this was an enjoyable game with plenty of chances, but good defending and great goalkeeping won the day in the end.

Flackwell started like a train. They were full of confidence and enthusiasm and after only 4 minutes Ali Worby was needed to make a fine save from a free kick. Immediately Taylor found space in the Saints box but his shot was deflected for a corner. Saints were digging in and on 12 minutes a Flackwell corner was met powerfully by centre half Bailey but luckily for Saints James Watts was on hand to head off line. On 17 minutes Olly Goddard was forced to concede a free kick in a dangerous position which was fizzed across the face of the Saints goal. 

 

16th January 2019

Perpetual Press Floodlit Cup

Brackley Town Saints (4) Reading City (1) 

Saints : Worby, Green, Brock, Godfrey, Baldwin (Middleton 57) Goddard, James, Whitmore E ( Watts 74),Bowden, (Hammond 68), Jordan, 

Chukwuemeka

Subs not used: Ward 

A much changed Saints side with 4 players aged 17 faced an equally youthful City side on a cracking pitch at St James Park and provided a very entertaining game in which Saints proved too strong in the end.  

As has been the way of late Saints started slowly and City took the lead on 8 minutes when Goddard misjudged a long ball from left back Baar and Medford nipped in behind slotting neatly past Worby.