Brackley Town 3-3 Billericay Town FA Cup 4Q Sat 14/10/17
Six goals shared to set up replay
Both sides deserved the replay after an exhilarating and dramatic second half of an enthralling cup tie and the names of both Brackley Town and Billericay Town will be in the hat for the first round draw on Monday.
Aaron Williams gave Brackley a 3rd minute lead with his 4th goal in four games after a defensive mix-up. One on one with keeper Alan Julian, Williams made no mistake.
Much of the first half was then rather scrappy with midfield skirmishes, plenty of long balls and few goal chances, the best being Lee Ndlovu’s delightful clipped effort from 30 yards that had keeper Alan Julian back pedalling to tip over. The space enjoyed by wing backs Glenn Walker and Ellis Myles was not converted into clear cut chances and Saints came to rue this.
A 45th minute red card for Brackley’s Alex Gudger proved to be a turning point though after a tangle with Adam Cunnington as Billericay were level within moments of the second half starting through Cunnington’s far post header. The visitors then took a 71st minute lead when substitute Louis Theophanous finished neatly after good work by substitute Sam Deering before Saints fought back and equalised with a fine finish by Adam Walker.
The Blues went in front again after 77 minutes with Cunnington’s second goal of the game directing his header into the bottom corner from Deering’s deep cross.
With time running out Lee Ndlovu went agonisingly close hitting the post before Shane Byrne struck in the 89th minute to send the tie to a replay. Glenn Walker’s fine cross was not cleared and Byrne rifled his shot into the top corner.
“The red card changed the game,” Kevin Wilkin said afterwards. “There was not a lot in it but the decision made life difficult for us. Having gone ahead and then had the red card we had a poor 10 minutes to concede but we showed the desire to keep going. I am disappointed not to get the job done today and it will be tough going there on Tuesday but I am pleased to be in the draw. The lads stuck to their guns and showed resilience to come back.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles (Lowe 76), Gudger, S.Byrne, Franklin, Dean, G.Walker, J.Byrne (Kaziboni 81), Ndlovu, A.Williams (Brown 90), A.Walker. Subs unused: Diggin, Tilney, J.Williams, Oti.
Billericay Town: Julian, Urquhart (Deering 46), Konchesky, Ellul (Robinson 46), Swaine, Modeste, Waldren, Bricknell (Theophanous 61), Evans, Foley, Cunnington. Subs unused: Lynch, Chambers, Paine, Giddens.
Referee: Josh Smith Assistant referees: Ashely List and Andy Loe 4th official: Ryan Dix
York City 2-1 Brackley Town 7 Oct 2017
Parkin is nemesis again
A late free-kick by Jon Parkin won the points for York in the first game under new manager Martin Gray. Brackley deserved better from a second half they had dominated equalising with an excellent goal by Aaron Williams and seemingly the more likely to go on to get the win.
Brackley Town 4-1 Braintree Town FA Cup Q3 30 Sept 2017
Braintree are tango-ed!
This FA Cup tie was billed as the clash of top of the table National League North versus South and it was Brackley who won out by some margin to move comfortably into the final qualifying round.
Brackley Town 2-2 Curzon Ashton
Bitter finale as visitors snatch draw
Curzon struck an added time equaliser to stun the home side as Brackley appeared to be easing to a comfortable home win. Joe Guest hit a terrific shot from 20 yards to send his side back up the M6 with an unlikely point.
Alfreton Town 1-1 Brackley Town
Saints earn away draw on the wettest of nights
Both teams and the groundsman deserved acclaim for an excellent game of football played in atrocious conditions of continual driving rain. After an early goal for each side the points were shared as neither could find the break-through in a well contested second half.