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24th October 2018
UHL Hellenic League Premier Division
Brackley Town Saints (5) Shrivenham FC (2)
Saints: Worby, Middleton, Brock, Godfrey (Ball) Ward, Goddard, Stott, Watts, Knight (Jordan), Hammond, Kille (Middleton)
Subs not used: Steele, Hartley
Sometimes when bottom plays top it can be hard to tell which team is which. That was certainly the case at half time when Saints found themselves a goal behind and left the pitch seemingly flat and deflated. It says a lot for the spirit of young Saints that a strong second half team performance reminded all why they are currently flying high.
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Saturday 20th October 2018
UHL Hellenic Premier Division
Royal Wootton Bassett (1) Brackley Town Saints (3)
SAINTS: Worby, Stott, Brock, Baldwin, Middleton, Ward, Ball (Jordan 78), Watts, Knight, Hammond, Kille (Godfrey 90) – Subs not used: Middleton, Green,
This was an impressive, confident and disciplined performance by the Saints which led to a first victory for Saints over RWB in 8 attempts.
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Saturday 13th October
UHL Hellenic League Premier
Brackley Saints (4) Tuffley Rovers (1)
SAINTS: Worby, Middleton, Ward, Goddard, Brock, Kille, Godfrey, Watts, Stott (Ball 40), Hammond (Jordan 75), Knight (Steele 80)Subs not used: Bridges
Another solid and, at times, fluent display from the Saints with victory meaning that they have taken 13 points from the last 5 games moving them to the top of the division. At the beginning of September Saints won the reverse fixture against Rovers and were lucky to hold on to a 2-1 victory on a day when Rovers spurned plenty of good goal scoring chances. Today was a different story, and although the game was still finely balanced until the 75th minute Saints were always on the front foot and in the ascendancy.
Saints made a couple of changes from the win over Shrivenham in midweek with Lewis Baldwin pulling up in the warm up. Hammond returned from illness.
The early stages saw Hammond released down the wing on 2 occasions but each time his dangerous crosses were well dealt with by the TR defenders. Saints took an early lead on 7 minutes when excellent approach play from Knight and Watts released Charlie Kille who finished clinically to notch his 3rd goal in 2 games (1-0)
Surprisingly Saints were sloppy for the next 10 minutes and Goddard was required to make a good defensive header from a dangerous cross from Rovers Birkett who proved to be lively all afternoon. 4 minutes later Rovers tested Worby from a free kick but he saved well and Middleton was on hand to clear the danger.
Saints finally sprang back into life when Godfrey broke strongly from central midfield and dinked a lovely ball through to Knight whose volley was pushed over the bar by Merchant in the TR goal. Hammond then cleverly played in Knight but he was thwarted by Merchant. Knight retrieved the loose ball and played in Hammond but he was unable to create the space to get his shot away.
On 26 minutes Birkett ran strongly through Saints midfield and into the left channel where he put in a pinpoint cross for Rhodes at the far post whose volley was well kept out by Worby. From the resulting corner James held off Worby’s challenge and had the strength to turn and strike a fierce shot into the net off of the post (1-1).
Immediately Saints were at the other end where Stott got into a good position on the end of a Brock corner but his goal bound effort was cleared off of the line. Rovers broke quickly and from the resulting move Godfrey conceded an unnecessary free kick in a dangerous area, which fortunately came to nothing more than a corner. Godfrey atoned immediately picking up the ball just outside his own area and knocking a pinpoint ball that pierced the heart of the Rovers defence and which put Knight through one on one with Merchant. Knight toe poked the ball past the keeper and then won the race to catch the ball and slide it into the empty net (2-1)
On 36 minutes Stott was substituted having been on the wrong end of 2/3 strong challenges. He was replaced by Ball who was immediately in action getting on to the end of a Kille cross, but he was unable to keep his header on target.
Rovers started the second half brightly and James had a great run cutting in from the left side and forcing a good save from Worby with Middleton again the first to react to the rebound. But Saints were soon back in the driving seat and on 55 minutes Hammond collected a Middleton throw and played Watts into space. He cleverly drew a couple of defenders and slipped the ball to Godfrey whose shot was well directed but Merchant again refused to be beaten. Hammond and Watts then combined well and Watts outstripped the full back. His vicious cross nearly resulted in a cracking own goal by the Centre Half who was thankful for the assistance of the post and the keeper.
On 66 minutes Rovers were the breaking dangerously but Joe Ward showed great anticipation intercepting the ball and driving out of central defence. The break was fast and Ward found Kille wide on the left and his first time pass was perfect for Hammond who didn’t waste the chance, making a great run and beating the last defender, before delivering a cross that took everyone out of the game except Knight, who tapped in from close range. 3-1.
Rovers made a few changes and on 73 minutes substitute Gale cut in from the left and fizzed a wicked right foot shot across the face of the goal. 2 minutes later Saints sealed the match. Hammond once again found acres of space on the left and a cracking pass from Godfrey eluded Kille but ran on to Hammond who cut in and smashed a shot past the despairing Merchant (4-1).
That was the last action for Hammond, who was replaced by Jordan, and shortly after Saints made their final substitution with Steele replacing Knight.
Birkett fashioned another chance but Worby was not to be beaten keeping out his low shot with Alder only able to direct the rebound back into Worby’s arms. At the other end Jordan was prominent and he set up Steele for a shot which Merchant did well to keep out with his legs. Shortly after there was a great spell of Saints possession which ended with Jordan flighting a perfect ball to the back post for Kille, whose first time volley was very well saved by Merchant. Jordan had one more opportunity but his well struck volley just drifted past the post.
Birkett who was a strong force for the visitors had the final say with a good run and a great strike at goal which was just too high.
Overall a very satisfactory performance by Saints which sees them sitting at the top of the table. Next game is away to a strong Royal Wootton Bassett side on 20th October.
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Three wins on the bounce move Brackley Town saints into second place in The Hellenic Premier after a comfortable win away at Shrivenham FC on Tuesday evening.
Two goals either side of the break for Charlie kille was enough to seal the points on a perfect autumn evening for football.