Brackley Town 1-0 Altrincham 17/8/19
Super strike sets up home win
Brackley came out on top in a clash of two of last season’s play-off teams courtesy of Shane Byrne’s stunning first half strike. The goal came on the half hour and was struck sweetly by Byrne from 20 yards finding the net low past Steve Drench at full stretch in off the post.
“It is a big three points for us” was Kevin Wilkin’s reaction. “Altrincham are a very good side. They move the ball well and have some tremendously talented players in their side and are well organised so we knew it would be difficult. We haven’t brought that momentum to our game just yet but hopefully today’s win can go some way to moving us forward.”
Saints fully deserved the win creating more than enough chances to have won the game more decisively but had keeper Danny Lewis to thank for a 65th minute penalty save from John Johnston after Jordan Hulme was brought down close to goal, Altrincham spurning a golden opportunity to equalise.
Moments before the penalty miss, the home side passed up two gilt-edged chances themselves to have opened up a two goal lead. Jimmy Armson picked a perfect pass to play in Matt Lowe who was thwarted with the goal seemingly at his mercy before Lee Ndlovu followed up but saw his back-heeled effort cleared off the line in a double let-off for The Robins.
Captain Gaz Dean’s towering header was pawed away by keeper Steve Drench and Drench saved well from Byrne in added time as Brackley finished strongly. The visitors rarely threatened Lewis but did create some pressure in the final 20 minutes, Sean Williams shooting just wide and substitute Max Harrop cutting in and firing hard at goal bringing Lewis into action to keep the shot out.
“There are a lot of games in August, they come thick and fast so it’s nice to have a clear week now ahead of next Saturday’s match,” Wilkin added. “Off the back of a good win we can get the players together to reflect on what we’ve done well and where we’ve not done so well and hopefully take the positives into the next game.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Dean, Langmead, Lowe (Daire 90+2), Walker (Baker 87), Ndlovu, Armson (Fairlamb 79), Murombedzi. Subs unused: Holman, Audel.
Altrincham: Drench, White, Hampson, Jones, Hannigan, Williams, Johnston, Branson (Richman 67), Hulme, Hancock (Harrop 57), Hemmings (Peers 77). Subs unused: Arnold, Mullarkey.
Referee: Kristian Silcock Assistants: Alan Cox and Ryan Williams