Alfreton Town 2-4 Brackley Town 14 March 2020
Superb Saints on top form
With most sporting events across the country off under lockdown, Brackley’s National League North game survived a mid-morning pitch inspection and was one of a very few matches that went ahead. Saints put in a superb performance to collect a win that takes them into 3rd place ahead of what looks likely to be an extended break for the emerging health emergency. Lee Ndlovu’s 20th goal of the season and another from Matt Lowe added to first half goals from Wes York and Jimmy Armson to give Saints an unassailable lead despite Alfreton scoring two very late goals.
“The players were excellent today from start to finish,” Wilkin said. “We limited their opportunities, all of the four front players got a goal and to a man we were right on it. We put four goals on the board away from home and we’ll take that.”
Saints almost took the lead as Alfreton keeper Jordan Wright pulled off a remarkable save to deny Lee Ndlovu after fine work by Wes York but on 15 minutes York found the net to put his side ahead. A neat interchange of passes between York and Armson put York clear and he calmly passed the ball past Wright to find the corner of the goal.
The lead was doubled through Armson’s penalty on the half hour after Ndlovu was pulled down at a corner-kick. After the break Saints piled on the pressure carving the Alfreton defence apart at will. Three times York was denied in the opening minutes of the second half before Matt Lowe stroked the ball into the goal after fine set-up play by York.
Brackley had further chances to increase the lead before Ndlovu finished clinically set up by Ellis Myles to produce a 4-0 score-line. This was dented as Alfreton grabbed a goal back with an 88th penalty converted by Bobby Johnson and an added time own goal but the destination of the three points was never in doubt as Saints put in a polished performance to take them into the expected enforced break in good heart.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne (Maye 70), Walker, Dean, Lowe, Murombedzi, Ndlovu (Daire 86), York (Holman 80), Armson. Subs unused: Langmead, Baker.
Alfreton Town: Wright, Kellett, Wilde, Clarke, Qualter, Smith, KIllock (Freiter 46), Stewart, Whitham (Branson 72), Morgan-Smith, Johnson. Subs unused: Tuton, Lynch, Tomlinson.
Referee: Kristian Silcock Assistants: Christopher Hunter and Martyn Fryer