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.

Saints took the lead as early as the third minute through Glenn Walker who finished past keeper Nathan McDonald at the third time of asking, his initial header from Shane Byrne’s first time cross and follow-up shot both being repelled at close range. On the half hour only the post came between Alex Gudger’s header and a second Brackley goal after a fine move that deserved better.

In the second half Luke Graham’s towering header and Ellis Myles’ fierce shot put Saints in an unassailable position before the hour mark. Aaron Williams headed a fourth goal in the 66th minute set up astutely by Adam Walker while Karl Olyide fired in a late consolation for the visitors.

“It was a good all-round team performance,” Kevin Wilkin said. “I am disappointed we did not keep a clean sheet but we took our chances today when they came along and could have scored more. There were some very strong performances in the team. When we play as we can on a good surface, moving the ball and passing, we need fear no-one.”

Looking ahead to Monday’s 4th qualifying round draw Wilkin was clear what he hoped for. “We would like another home draw,” he said. “We got only one in the whole of last season so another game here at St James Park in the next round would be good. Last season we played more games than any other side at our level because of our runs in both the FA Cup and Trophy. I want us to be the team this season playing more games than anybody else – that’s what success looks like. The players are fit and full of running and just want to play so let’s see how we get on in the next round.”

 

Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker (Tilney 85), J.Byrne, Ndlovu (Brown 68), A.Williams (Diggin 68).    Subs unused: Franklin, Kaziboni, J.Williams, Lowe.

Braintree Town: McDonald, Muleba (Frimpong 78), Gabriel, Obanwonyi, Okoye, Mugabo, Allen, Crook, Roberts, Michael-Percil (Grant 62), Campbell (Olyide 57).  Subs unused: Baxter, Bettache, Bihmoutine, Wynter.

Referee: Tom Reeves           Assistants:  Scott Postin and Richie Watkins

Attendance:  383