Brackley Town u15's travelled up the M1 to Leicester for their latest MJPL fixture today. We were hoping to pick from a full squad of players for the first time in a few weeks but it was evident it wasn't going to be as 3 players pulled out that morning. Unfortunately this left us with the bare eleven & the pack having to be re-shuffled before a ball is even kicked.
The game started brightly enough with both sides trying to play football, keeping the ball down & moving it nice & quickly. Some good attacking play was on display but neither side really had the edge as both sides were cancelling each other out early on. The first goal came when Brackley had a goal kick which they gifted to the opposition & they made no mistake to punish us, a hard pill to swallow 1-0. This gave the hosts a lift & for the next few minutes they had their tails up. We seemed to be defending a lot deeper in our own half now. Connor Thomas however was having none of it, he was reading the game tremendously well clearing our lines & winning the battle. We concede another soft goal from a free kick just outside the box on the right hand side, somehow although it was miss hit it still managed to beat the wall & our keeper at the near post to give the hosts a 2 goal cushion coming in at the break. Miles Eaton & Hayden Mcconnell had the best chances for Brackley with Miles beating the keeper only for the post to deny him from a thunderous effort from outside the box & Hayden blasting one straight at the keeper to try to get us back in the game. To add insult to injury our power house in defence Connor was hurt with stud marks down his leg which left us with 10 men as the referee blew for HT 2-0.
Brackley were now up against it in the 2nd half, down to 10 men, 2 goals behind & a real up hill struggle to get back in the game. MYD GNG could smell victory & punished us winning the battle in most areas of the pitch, to be honest the 10 men of Brackley never gave in & battled really hard all the way to the end & although they lost 5-0 all the lads gave 100%. What was really pleasing was when we switched to a 1-4-4-1 we restricted them to fewer chances & posed them 1 or 2 problems of their own.
Well done lads we are really pleased that you kept battling to the end in what was a very hard game, I am confident with this attitude & a full squad of players we will learn & grow from this experience.
Saturday 25th Nov 17, we hosted MYD Westfield on a bitterly cold, frosty morning at Hethe.
After our recent run of disappointing results we were all hoping for a much improved performance at our home ground.
Westfield started well playing with a lot of confidence and freedom considering their league position, moving the ball quickly, putting our players under a lot of pressure and not allowing Brackley to settle.
It took our lads a while to gain a foothold in the match and had to work hard to penetrate Westfield’s defensive third.
Gradually Brackley started playing some good possession football moving the ball well with some early chances going high or wide, but our persistence paid off after winning a corner on 6 minutes.
The ball was delivered well by Luke into the 6 yard box and after a brief scramble to clear Warren poked the ball into the Westfield net.
Finally Brackley look in control and start dictating play with a few more missed chances and some great ball retention, which paid off 6 minutes later after Warren takes the ball to the edge of the 18 yard box, crosses and meets Luke who chests down and shoots on goal from 6 yards out.
Brackley manage to maintain their early pressure with some great passing and moving, but after conceding 2 early goals Westfield are still in the match and start threatening our defensive third winning a number of free kicks as they keep pressing.
The first half ends with Brackley 2 goals to the good.
After a really good spell for Brackley, Westfield have got themselves back into the game as we lose a bit of our early pressure and pace and by the look of Westfield’s work rate they could easily get a goal back.
The second half starts and within 2 minutes Westfield win a freekick close to our 18 yard box.
Westfield have come out much stronger and confident in this half, applying pressure and making us look a little shakey as we struggle to get out of our half.
Westfield’s confidence is building which is rewarded after 57mins when the ball is rifled past Ben from just inside the 18 yard box after a couple of missed opportunities to halt Westfield’s run through our middle third.
Brackley 2 Westfield 1
This goal makes us look more vulnerable than anytime in the match as Westfield have a realistic chance to go level or even come away with a win.
As we look even more under the cosh, Alfie S is pushed up to the right side and immediately impacts play with some pacey runs and crosses putting pressure on Westfield’s defence, creating a few goal scoring opportunities.
After winning a corner on 73mins Brackley finally get a third goal after an uncleared ball is tapped in by Josh after another goal mouth scramble.
Our muted celebrations didn’t last long as 1 minute later Westfield are back in our half, win a freekick and score when the uncleared ball ends up in the back of Bens net.
Brackley 3 Westfield 2
This second goal from Westfield gave them every reason to throw everything at us for the remaining minutes to at least get a draw and after some frantic defending and attacking from both teams the final whistle sounds and the match ends.
A tough encounter today where nothing could be taken for granted with Westfield looking nothing like a bottom of the league team and giving us a major scare.
Brackley 3 Westfield 2
Cradley Town Juniors u15's v Brackley Town Juniors u15's
Today Brackley Town u15's travelled to Oldbury to face Cradley Town Juniors. A cold frosty start but with the sun shining brightly early on set the scene for a fascinating encounter. The 3G pitch was shorter & narrower than we have been used to over the last few weeks but that didnt show early on as Brackley were dictating the game & playing out from the back, through the thirds & creating chances. Brackley were awarded a soft penalty midway through the 1st half with Hayden Durrant tucking it away nicely to give us the lead. I would like to say that we went on & finished the job but that penalty seemed to be our undoing. I think we thought the game would be easy from now on & for whatever reason we started misplacing passes, our width seemed to disappear & our movement ahead of the ball became stagnant. Before long our team performance & individual errors cost us the lead & then we went behind before the break.
The second half started as the 1st had finished with Brackley trying to play football in narrow tight areas & due to limited space we were struggling to get back into the game. Having said that we did have chances to equalise but our finishing together with our decision making cost us dearly.
The U13s took on Bromham Youth Lions in the MKDDL U13 Cup on Saturday, the first of three meetings between the two sides over the coming weeks.
Bromham started brightly but eventually Brackley found their feet and started to dominate the game, eventually being award a penalty after Kyle McKechnie was fouled. Kyle’s penalty was saved tremendously by the Lions keeper but the ball fell to Kyle’s feet again, only for his effort to hit the post before rolling into the path of Nathanael Wakefield to poke the ball into the net.
Bromham responded five minutes later after a free kick caused problems in the box before a clearance failed to beat the first man and was rifled into the back of the net from 20 yards. The visitors were in charge by this point and asserted their dominance on the game by scoring again just before half time - a missed header by the Brackley centre half allowed Bromham to capitalise and take the lead.
Brackley entered the second half determined to turn the game around to keep their chances of progression in the cup alive but Bromham extended their lead midway through the second half to make the score 3-1 and end the young Saints’ chances of cup glory for another year.
The scoreline was harsh on the hosts and could’ve been a completely different outcome on another day – Brackley meet Bromham Youth Lions again on Saturday, this time in the league.
BRACKLEY TOWN V HASBURY U18
Brackley Town started very confidently playing some very attractive football from the back through the midfield and up to Matty Woods up front who caused Hasbury a problem from the start.
They remained compact in defence and midfield gaining confidence as the game went on.
The boys put Hasbury on the back foot with quick passing and some nice overlapping football creating some very good opportunities.
The goal scoring machine that is Levi Steele took his chances very well scoring another 2 goals before halftime and we went into the break 2-0 up for a well deserved lead.
The second half started as the first half finished with Brackley on top.
After 10mins of the second half Matty ran onto a fantastic ball from midfield to finish in great style to make it 3-0
The score remained at 3 to end of the game.
A great all round team performance.
Match Report Brackley Town u15's v Shrewsbury Development Centre u15's
We hosted the visitors on a wet soggy pitch at Kings Sutton today with Brackley setting their stall out early with quick fast flowing football right from the start. Brackley were playing out from the back & through the thirds at every opportunity & Shrewsbury couldn't cope with us dominating in midfield & looking to open the pitch up wherever possible. Our goals came from terrific free flowing football with Hayden Durrant hitting a great hat trick & Lloyd Offord scoring his first goal for the club. Alfie Dunn scored from a free kick before Shrewsbury added our sixth as an own goal. It is so nice to see that we are keeping our shape much better & the players are starting to see the pictures. Leading 4-0 at the break we challenged the players to keep a clean sheet & keep their discipline defensively, we ended up with only 9 players on the pitch at the end with 3 players taking knocks, but the door was kept firmly shut. Well done lads, keep it up!!!
Full Time 6-0
Northampton Town E.D.C u15's v Brackley Town u15's 13/11/17
A eagerly awaited Monday night fixture was finally here with Northampton E.D.C hosting the game under the floodlights on their 3G pitch at The Duston School, Northampton. The game was to be played over 4 quarters of 20mins each with the Brackley team consisting of