Brackley Town 1-1 Bromley AET (5-4 pens) 20/5/18
Wilkin’s Wembley Winners
Kevin Wilkin’s Brackley Town emerged as Wembley winners after an epic final against National League Bromley. The nerve shredding match was quite exhilarating and left Saints supporters celebrating an extraordinary conclusion to a remarkable season for the St James Park side.
Harrogate Town 3-0 Brackley Town 13/5/18
Highs and lows
After the semi-final high of victory over Bradford Park Avenue and passage into the Promotion Final came the low of defeat at Harrogate Town as the hosts ran out convincing 3-0 winners to seal their place in the National League next season.
Brackley Town 1-2 Kettering Town 10/5/18 Hillier Senior Cup Final
Penalty double settles it
Kettering claimed local bragging rights in a low-key Senior Cup final with two second half penalties, both neatly despatched by former-Saint Brett Solkhon.
Joe Iaciofano twice tested the keeper in the early stages but the sides went in at the break level, the most notable incident an injury to Alistair Worby that required length treatment.
Brackley Town 1-0 Bradford PA 6/5/18
Battling Brackley into final
A late extra-time goal from Aaron Williams sent Brackley into the National League North play-off final after a gripping semi-final battle played in scorching temperatures against Bradford Park Avenue. Saints will travel next Sunday for the play-off final to meet Harrogate Town who beat Chorley.
Brackley Town 2-0 York City 28/4/18
Armson at the double
Brackley put in an accomplished final day performance against a York City side still with the chance of reaching the play-offs. Two second half goals from Jimmy Armson won the game to send Saints into next Sunday’s play-off semi-final in good heart.
“It was a strong performance today,” Kevin Wilkin said. “It was good to get back on our game after Wednesday’s defeat and we played well today and deserved the win.”
Brackley enjoyed the better of the first half with the 7-0 corner count telling the story. Armson, Shane Byrne, Aaron Williams and Glenn Walker all went close but York created the best chance of the half. Connor Brown cut the ball inside for Sean Newton but City’s captain was off target when well placed.
Armson struck the first of his goals six minutes into the second period. Touched on by Aaron Williams Armson hit his shot first time to give Adam Bartlett in York’s goal no chance. The home side was close to extending the lead minutes later when Armson’s shot struck the post and then Lee Ndlovu’s effort was blocked.
Substitute Jon Parkin had the ball in the net but fell foul of the referee in a decision City felt was harsh but Armson’s second goal on 80 minutes wrapped it up for Saints with another clinical strike. Shane Byrne and Lee Ndlovu worked the ball to Armson who found the corner of Bartlett’s goal to give Kevin Wilkin’s side a first victory over York City.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe (Myles 84), Franklin, Byrne, Gudger, Dean, G.Walker (Graham 88), Armson, Ndlovu (Iaciofano 82), Williams, A.Walker. Subs unused: Brown, Murombedzi.
York City: Bartlett, Brown, Ferguson, Bencherif, Parslow, Moke, Law, Kamdjo (Parkin 52), Newton, Smith (Gray 73), Kempster (Steels 66). Subs unused: Burn, Simpson.
Referee: James Oldham Assistants: Blake Antrobus and Stuart Richardson
Brackley Town 1-2 Chorley 25/4/18
This game felt a long way from Saturday’s sunny win at Southport that sealed Saints’ third placed finish. Heavy rain left the pitch with standing water and a rainbow etched its arc across St James Park prior to kick-off promising a pot of gold and more but it was Chorley who departed with the points having secured their play-off place.