Striker Andy Brown joined Kevin Wilkin’s side pre-season and made an immediate impact scoring the winning goal in Brackley’s opening day fixture at home against FC United of Manchester.

Andy’s career has taken in Hinckley United, two spells at Nuneaton, Telford and two seasons at Solihull Moors before the move to St James Park.

“Pre-season was pretty successful for the team and for me,” he says. “We were unbeaten, got some goals, kept some clean sheets and played a variety of teams.  It’s an opportunity to settle in to a new set-up and to get to know new team-mates and get some game time.  Two or three months without playing actual games is a long time and match practice is what you need.”

“The start to the season is very busy with lots of games but I am happy to get the games under our belt early on. It was nice to get a goal against FC United on my first appearance of course.  We dominated the game but didn’t take our opportunities so in terms of the game it was a relief to come back and get that goal to put us ahead again.  As a striker I obviously want to score goals but my role is to contribute more widely to the team also and to help our other forwards.  Lee Ndlovu is a strong and quick player with natural attributes and Steve Diggin is a very good finisher with an eye for goal.  We are very different players but I hope we can work together to form partnerships and get among the goals.”

Andy Brown faces one of his old clubs on Tuesday evening as we travel to AFC Telford United’s New Bucks Head Stadium. “I will enjoy it,” he says.  “It is a lovely stadium and I know a few of the lads there.  Going there early in the season means that hopefully the pitch will provide a good surface.”

To read the full interview with Andy Brown pick up your copy of The Red and White at Saints’ next home game on Tuesday 15 August when Nuneaton are the visitors at SJP.