Brackley Town v Rushden & Diamonds u16 County Cup
Brackley hosted today's county cup clash v Rushden & Diamonds at our u18's home ground at Hethe which was our 2nd game in 2 days. Brackley set the standard in the first half having most of the ball & creating chances left right & centre but unfortunately early on couldn't convert. Our shape was really good in & out of possession & we restricted the opposition to very little in the way of the ball, space & chances. Brackley finally got their just reward when Alfie Dunn finished off a lovely move to slot home past the keeper, & then Hayden Mcconnell made it 2-0 before half time twisting one way & then the other to rifle the ball into the back of the net with the keeper rooted to the spot. A terrific team display on all fronts & to be honest the game should of been put to bed with the amount of chances we created.
Brackley however didn't start that well in the 2nd half but still managed to snatch a third with Manny Maskery firing home to give us a commanding lead 3-0. Our opposition however didn't crumble & through their own efforts got a goal back midway into the 2nd half. To be honest the game got a bit scrappy before Brackley gave away a penalty to bring Rushden & Diamonds right back into the game. The penalty was converted & at 3-2 it was felt changes were needed to steady the ship & get the result our first half performance deserved. Brackley never really looked in trouble after that with Alfie Dunn converting his 2nd of the afternoon with a sweet left foot shot after a neat little run sealed it for us. A really good game to watch especially 1st half with Brackley coming out deserved winners in the end & into the next round of the cup.