AFC Telford United  1-3  Brackley Town    Tues 8 August 2017

Back to back wins are the perfect start to new season

Kevin Wilkin’s side made it two wins from two games and the perfect start to the season as Brackley won 3-1 at AFC Telford in an exciting midweek encounter at the New Bucks Head stadium.

The game burst into life on the half hour with the visitors scoring twice in three minutes to take charge of a match that the home side had started brightly.

The first goal came after good work by Lee Ndlovu. The ball was not cleared allowing Andy Brown to drill his shot unerringly through a crowded penalty area and into the net.  On 33 minutes Glenn Walker went past full-back Aaron Simpson and crossed low and hard where former Saint Jordan Gough could only turn the ball past keeper Jasbir Singh under pressure from Lee Ndlovu.

Brackley had chances to extend the lead further before the break. Jimmy Armson’s audacious effort from 30 yards was pawed away by Singh at full stretch before only a goalmouth scramble and goal-line clearance kept Saints at bay as Ndlovu and Brown were denied in quick succession, Brackley ending the half in rampant mood.

The lead was increased within moments of the re-start however in a move straight off the training pitch. Shane Byrne’s free-kick was headed back across goal by Gareth Dean where Ndlovu was on hand to head the ball past Singh.

Brackley ‘keeper Danny Lewis’ long kick had Singh back-pedalling desperately to scoop the ball out when it appeared to be over the line. Goal-line technology would have awarded the goal but in fairness to the officials neither the referee nor his assistant could be in a position to be sure.

Telford pulled a goal back after 65 minutes as Ellis Myles turned a cross past Lewis for an own goal but the final outcome was not in doubt as Saints recorded back to back wins.

After the game Wilkin reflected on a pleasing performance and away win. “The work-rate was impressive,” he said.  “We move on to important training on Thursday and next Saturday’s trip to Ferriby.”

Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker (Tilney 81) , Armson, Ndlovu, Brown (Lowe 85), A.Walker.   Subs not used: Diggin, Kaziboni, J.Byrne.

AFC Telford United: Singh, Simpson, Gough, Hayden, Sutton, Fitzpatrick (White 55), Marsh (Lussey 46), Royle (Dunbar 46), Barnes-Homer, Marsden, Newby.   Subs not used: Martinez, Strong.

Referee: Alex Kirkley