Next up for Kevin Wilkin’s team is the visit in National League North of York City to St James Park on Saturday.

Wilkin spoke following his side’s 5-1 win at Ashton United last Saturday reflecting on the season so far. Read the full interview at https://en.brackleytownfc.com/index.php/teams/first-team/first-team-latest-news/552-wilkin-i-want-to-thank-the-fans-19-8-18

 

Following Tuesday evening’s trip to AFC Telford Saints head north on Saturday to Ashton United for a first ever visit to The Hurst Cross Stadium and first ever fixture against The Robins.

Despite enjoying the better of things at The New Bucks Head Stadium, especially in the first half, and creating lots of chances Kevin Wilkin’s side suffered a third defeat of the season going down 2-1, Gregg Smith scoring his first goal in a Brackley Town shirt.

The Hurst Cross Stadium has been home to Ashton United, called Hurst FC until a name change in the 1940’s, since the early 1880’s making it one of the oldest football grounds still in use. It was the first ground in the country to stage an FA-approved floodlit competition, the Lancashire and Cheshire Floodlit Cup in the 1954-55 season (for the record won in its inaugural year by Hyde United).

Ashton United gained promotion last season through the play-offs to regain Step 2 status previously held in the 2004-05 season. The Robins started this campaign with a win and two draws before the midweek defeat against York City.

If you cannot get to the game you can follow the action with regular bulletins on BBC Radio Oxford and via twitter on the club website.

The busy August programme of National League North fixtures continues with the trip on Tuesday evening to AFC Telford United.

Saints follow up Tuesday evening’s win at St James Park with the visit on Saturday of Darlington, kick-off 3pm.

Kevin Wilkin’s side were impressive winners against Alfreton with goals from Shep Murombedzi (2) and Lee Ndlovu to get the first points on the board.

With only a very small squad available to him Wilkin made two changes from the line-up at Bradford (PA) and a different formation with Lee Ndlovu a lone striker. Wilkin said, “We played some terrific attacking football. We took a bit of a chance playing one up front backed up by Shep, Jimmy and Glenn but Lee did well and I was delighted for him in getting his goal.  He was at the centre of all of our best moves, worked incredibly hard and he was well supported.  It worked quite nicely.”

Darlington’s manager Tommy Wright made significant changes to personnel joining the club from Nuneaton last autumn and has made further changes this summer. Former Saint Jordan Nicholson is among the new arrivals who include Simon Ainge from Harrogate, Johnny Maddison from Yeovil, Johnny Burns from Bristol Rovers and Liam Hughes from Billericay.  The opening two games brought a home defeat against Curzon Ashton and Tuesday’s draw at Spennymoor Town so they arrive at SJP seeking that all important first win of the season.

Last season Brackley won home and away against The Quakers with Lee Ndlovu and Jimmy Armson among the scorers. Those results count for little as the two teams meet again this time around in what is already shaping up to be an exciting division.  After just two games only two teams remain on maximum points and only five teams have yet to concede pointing to just how evenly matched many teams are likely to be and how hard fought this division will be.

If you cannot get to the game you can follow the action with regular bulletins on BBC Radio Oxford and via twitter or on the club website.

Kevin Wilkin takes his side to Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday for the opening game in the new season.

With a successful period of pre-season training and programme of friendly fixtures behind them Saints start the new campaign with a tough run of games in what looks like a very competitive division with lots of teams expecting to be among the play-off hopefuls come May.

 

Kevin Wilkin’s side begins the league season at St James Park with the visit of Alfreton Town on Tuesday evening (7.45pm kick off).

Match preview to follow