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Tuesday 16th April
Wantage 0 Saints 0
On a tense evening at Alfredian Park both teams had all to play for. If Wantage were victorious they would be league champions and if Saints won it would leave the door open for them to challenge for the title in the last round of matches. A draw didn’t really suit anybody
Saints were unchanged from their weekend victory over the league leaders Brinscombe and almost had a fantastic start when James Hammond took advantage of some poor defending and burst into the box and struck a powerful shot across the keeper but his shot rattled back off of the post.
Lewis Baldwin then tried his luck from the half way line having spotted the keeper off his line but his shot drifted wide.
Saints were coping well with Wantage’s direct style but needed Joe Ward to be alert after Ali Worby had needed to rush out of his goal to head clear but only to Nick Thorne whose goal bound attempt was intercepted by a Ward header with Ali Worby on hand to pounce on the loose ball.
On 31 minutes there were loud appeals for a Wantage penalty but the referee decided that Stephen Robertson went down a little too easily under a challenge from Ward.
The half ended with a spate of Wantage bookings for dissent and the second half began scrappily with play hindered by the bobbly pitch.
On 65 minutes both teams created good chances within a minute of each other. Firstly Wantage broke rapidly with Robertson flashing a left foot drive past the post. Saints then put together a great passing move that saw Kille break into the box but he could not get the ball out of his feet to shoot.
Saints were pressing and on 77 minutes Ryan Knight nicely controlled a pass from James Watts, turned and his right foot shot squeezed just past the post.
On 85 minutes Knight’s cross deceived everybody including Curtis Meare in the Wantage goal but the ball skimmed across the crossbar and out to safety.
Wantage were straight back up the other end and from a corner a powerful Chris Jackson header was brilliantly saved by Ali Worby.
Well into added time a trademark Saints break down the left involving Brock, Hammond and Watts resulted in Watts breaking free into the left side of the box but he was undone by a last second bobble and his cross drifted behind for a goal kick.
So a draw and a result that really didn’t suit either team. However for Saints a positive battling performance against a physically strong Wantage side.
That leaves Saints with a final match on Easter Monday versus Lydney Town at St James Park - 3pm KO. Please come and support the lads and show your appreciation for what has been an outstanding season.
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13th April 2019
UHL Hellenic League – Premier Division
Brackley Town Saints (2) Brimscombe & Thrupp (1)
Saints: Worby, Middleton, Brock, Baldwin, Ward, Goddard, Ball (G), Watts, Knight, Hammond, Kille (Godfrey 80)
Subs not used: Whitmore, Haley, Swann, Ball (S)
In the words of Barry Davies Interesting…..very interesting!!!
This was a cracking game and a deserved victory for Saints against the team in second place at the start of the day. With the other two teams in the top four failing to pick up points in their games the race for the title is wide open and could go down to the wire.
The early exchanges saw BTFC take the upper hand without really troubling Ali Worby who dealt comfortably with a couple of corners and crosses. At the other end George Ball wriggled free just outside the BTFC box but his shot was wide of the far post. On 18 minutes Saints took the lead with a lovely one touch move down the right wing which resulted in James Watts pulling the ball back to James Hammond whose first time shot was deflected by Ryan Knight past the helpless Ashley Gale in the BTFC goal.
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3rd April 2019
UHL Hellenic League – Premier Division
Windsor Town (3) Brackley Town Saints (0)
Saints: Cox, Green (Ireland 75), Brock, Baldwin (Swann 67), Ward, Ball (G) (Hammond 58), Watts, Knight, Godfrey, Kille
Subs not used:
Saints push for the top of the table was dealt a blow at a wet Stag Meadow. Despite the rain the playing surface was very good and at times this was an absorbing match of contrasting styles. Saints were missing the suspended Ali Worby and the injured Ollie Goddard/James Hammond but were pleased to welcome back Lewis Baldwin from injury.
Windsor were out of the traps fast. On 7 minutes Jack Knight initiated a flowing move which led to a Dan Roberts shot which Eddie Cox, did well to tip over the bar. Even though the game was played in a good spirit an early aerial challenge on Curtis Green set the tone for an evening where a number of Saints players were injured following such challenges.
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30th March 2019
UHL Hellenic League
Brackley Town Saints (2) Fairford Town (1)
Saints: Worby, Green, Middleton, Brock, Godfrey, Ward , Ball (G), Watts, Knight, Hammond, Kille (Swann 89).
Subs not used – Baldwin, Thompson, Haley, Ireland
This was a game that was all about getting the job done and Saints did just that with a deserved victory which keeps themin third place in this intriguing run in to the end of the season. In fairness it was a fairly regulation victory, with a couple of hairy moments but on the whole Saints were in control.