Brackley won their second FA Youth Cup match on Monday night at St James Park against Godmanchester 8 - 1, but the score doesn't tell the full story of a rather eventful match.
Brackley never looked comfortable during the opening stages of the match and didn’t seem to settle, looking rushed and harried by Godmanchester who started with a determined attitude.
However, when things felt like they weren’t going that well Brackley got themselves 4 goals in the first half and although at times it felt like both teams were slugging it out on the pitch, Brackley always look most threatening in front of goal.
Brackley played their first home game of the season at Hethe on Saturday hoping to bounce back with a home win against local rivals Banbury after taking only a point last week in their season opener.
Both teams started well and although Banbury had a very high tempo in the early stages it was the home team that controlled early play and took the lead on 11 minutes.
OJ had to work hard to hold the ball just outside the 18 yard box feeding through to Alex who beat the keeper to it and finished well.
Brackley 1 Banbury 0
Banbury showed their pace and quality as the half wore on but rarely tested the home keeper and whilst they looked threatening Brackley showed signs of their clear ability, getting a second goal on 27 minutes.
From a quality throw in deep in Banburys half, OJ headed back and onto a well positioned Crawford who sent the ball in off his left foot nestling nicely in the top corner of the visitors net.
Brackley 2 Banbury 0
Banbury worked hard to disrupt the rest of the half often making Brackley look second best for the last 15 minutes but couldn't get a clear shot to trouble Owen in goal thanks to some great last ditch defending from the home teams defensive unit.
Banbury won numerous corners late in the half as they found themselves on top and after Brackley fail to clear a corner Banbury get a goal back.
First half ended
Brackley 2 Banbury 1
The second half started with a lot more purpose and pressure from Banbury and looked likely to get an equaliser at any time, but little separated both teams and Banbury were rather frustrated to keep falling short.
Brackley showed some good signs when they got the ball back on the floor and put together some nice passes but were too often drawn into long balls and rushed clearances as Banbury continued to press.
Brackley had to concentrate to keep the visitors out, but Banburys finishing let them down as chances came and went, again not really testing the home keeper.
Brackley however created a few chances of their own with most efforts on target but with the visiting keeper pulling off some good saves.
After a frantic last 15 minutes Brackley must have been glad to hear the final whistle as Banbury just didn’t stop trying to break through but whilst neither team had their best second half a 2 – 1 home win for Brackley rewarded their efforts throughout the match.
Saturday 15th Sept
Brackley travelled up the M1 for today's fixture arriving at a great facility & superb 3G playing surface. The first 15 mins was very even with both sides working hard cancelling each other out until Brackley failed to clear from a corner & Quorn taping in from close range to take the lead. Soon after it was 2-0 when Brackley lost possession in the middle of the park & were made to pay for their 2nd mistake of the day with the defence caught on their heels. Brackley had two very good 1v1 chances to beat the keeper but unfortunately neither was taken before Quorn made it 3-0 at the break lobbing the keeper from outside the box.
With two Under 7s teams competing in the Witney & District Youth Football League, Saturday 15th September 2018 was a “Derby Day” as the two teams played each other. Lead Coach for the Under 7s - Mark Craddock said “all of these youngsters have come through our Saturday Morning Soccer School and for their families, friends and the coaches it’s exciting to see them beginning their football journey with Brackley Town Football Club.”
U16's Match Report
Brackley Town v Alvis Junior Eagles Sat 8th September
A positive start to the season for Brackley Town u16 's with a hard fought 0-0 draw. Both sides battled hard for the spoils in a very good competitive game. Brackley came the closest to breaking the deadlock hitting the bar late on from outside the box, but our opponents also came close to scoring blazing over the bar as the game got more & more stretched late on.