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FAC; Brackley Town Saints v London Colney FA Cup preview with Lewis Baldwin

Saturday 11th August 2018

Brackley Town Saints (Step 5) v London Colney (Step 5)

FA Cup Extra-Preliminary Round

Being played at Oxford City FC

K.O. 3.00pm

Brackley Town Saints host London Colney on Saturday in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup, in a game being played at the Oxford City Stadium due to the Brackley senior team having a home fixture in the National League North. Brackley’s season never got going last week-end as their supposed season opener at home to Lydney Town ended up being postponed, due to travel issues meaning Lydney never turned up!

In contrast, Hertfordshire based London Colney will be turning up to their fourth game of their new campaign, having already played in the Herts Senior Charity at the end of July, and have played two league games so far this term in the Spartan South Midlands Premier League. With the prize fund this season being at least doubled by the FA, a run in this competition will go down very well for the club coffers.

This week Sports Shots caught up with influential midfielder Lewis Baldwin, and asked how pre-season has been for the Saints:

It’s been a really positive one for all of us, we had a lot of new lads come in on trial and it was a really good atmosphere through the period in both training and during matches

So has the squad changed much from last season?

In terms of players leaving we’ve only lost a couple of lads elsewhere but we’ve had quite a few new lads come in and freshened things up a bit, through most areas of the pitch. This has brought us something extra not only on the pitch but also off it, the new boys are spot on and got involved straight from the offset

Lewis Baldwin

So with last Saturday’s opener postponed, what exactly happened?

It wasn’t ideal but you have to feel sorry for Lydney. Their team bus broke down so we originally postponed the game back to 5pm but they then contacted us again to say there was no way that they were getting to us. We were gutted but it must have been horrible for them being stuck in the middle of nowhere, especially in that heat!

We asked Lewis if they have much info on their FA Cup opponents:

I’m sure our coaches will have had a little look and will be letting us know bits, but personally I don’t know anything at all about them. All that we can do is do what we do well on the day, and hopefully get into the next round. I quite like the FA Cup games as they’re quite often not teams you’ve played against before so it’s always a nice change

Finally, any targets for the season ahead?

As a team we definitely want to be pushing for the top three and we also want some cup wins. We 100% have a squad good enough but in previous seasons we haven’t been able to keep the same squad for more than just a few games due to various reasons, unfortunately that’s how it is as this level when you have to work, study, have family commitments etc. We have a bigger squad this year so we hope this should help us

Sports Shots would like to thank Lewis for his time this week

The FA have revealed the new prize fund payments ahead of the 2018/19 FA Cup competition as listed below:

Extra Preliminary Round winners (184 teams) £2,250

Extra Preliminary Round losers (184 teams) £750

Preliminary Round winners (160 teams) £2,890

Preliminary Round losers (160 teams) £960

First Round Qualifying winners (116 teams) £6,000

Second Round Qualifying winners (80 teams) £9,000

Third Round Qualifying winners (40 teams) £15,000

Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32 teams) £25,000

First Round Proper winners (40 teams) £36,000

Second Round Proper winners (20 teams) £54,000

Third Round Proper winners (32 teams) £135,000

Fourth Round Proper winners (16 teams) £180,000

Fifth Round Proper winners (8 teams) £360,000

Quarter Final winners (4 teams) £720,000

Semi Final losers (2 teams) £900,000

Semi Final winners (2 teams) £1,800,000

Final runners-up (1) £1,800,000

Final winners (1) £3,600,000

FAC; New FA Cup prize fund starts this week-end

The FA Cup begins this week-end as 184 fixtures are played over the next few days in the extra-preliminary round of the world’s oldest national cup competition.

Brackley Town Saints, Newport Pagnell Town & Winslow United embark on their campaigns locally knowing a victory will bring in £2,250 plus a chance at another £2,890 (or £960 for losing) in the next round.

The extra preliminary & preliminary rounds also pay out this year to the losers meaning each of the sides are guaranteed at least £750 for their endeavours.

The full list of funds is as follows:

Extra Preliminary Round winners (184 teams) £2,250

Extra Preliminary Round losers (184 teams) £750

Preliminary Round winners (160 teams) £2,890

Preliminary Round losers (160 teams) £960

First Round Qualifying winners (116 teams) £6,000

Second Round Qualifying winners (80 teams) £9,000

Third Round Qualifying winners (40 teams) £15,000

Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32 teams) £25,000

First Round Proper winners (40 teams) £36,000

Second Round Proper winners (20 teams) £54,000

Third Round Proper winners (32 teams) £135,000

Fourth Round Proper winners (16 teams) £180,000

Fifth Round Proper winners (8 teams) £360,000

Quarter Final winners (4 teams) £720,000

Semi Final losers (2 teams) £900,000

Semi Final winners (2 teams) £1,800,000

Final runners-up (1) £1,800,000

Final winners (1) £3,600,000

Sports Shots wishes all out teams the very best of luck this season in their relevant cup competitions.

For the full draw for the first two rounds, follow this link:

HLP; Brackley Town Saints v Lydney Town preview

With the football World Cup long forgotten from this summer, the new football season begins this week-end.

Brackley Town Saints begin their Hellenic League Premier Division campaign as they host Lydney Town on Saturday at St James Park.

Gordon Kille

After a very respectable twelfth place finish last season, Saints will be another year older as a squad and be looking to see how far they can improve, and this week Sports Shots caught up with manager Gordon Kille to find out how the summer has been:

Our pre-season has been very positive. We have a number of new coaches bringing a different skill set to the team. It’s allowed us to bed in a number of new players, work on fitness / sharpness but more importantly to work on a new system of play, mirroring the first team.

The squad have been working increasingly hard during pre-season. We started back a week early and have played one extra game than this time last year. Everyone is now itching to get going in the league and cup games.

Lydney are very well organised and will prove a stern test, defensively we will need to be sharp and organised. Having played them at the back end of last season we have a good idea how they are likely to set up and how they will try to stop us playing our game.

We have a big chunk of the squad away on holiday this Saturday. One of the disadvantages of such a such a young squad is many of them still holiday with parents, but we have a deeper squad the season with real quality throughout. They’ll be involvement for new signings Ollie Goddard, Harry Brock, Jordan Godfrey, Elliot Powell and Eddie Cox

Sports Shots would like to thank Gordon for his time this week

Hellenic League News: New rules & balls come in for 2018/19

Three pieces of news to come from the Hellenic League in the past few days.

The Hellenic Football League have announced their division two & veterans league were in support of introducing the FA trial for ‘sin bins’ for the 2018/19 season. Taken from the Hellenic league website:

As advised at the Uhlsport Hellenic League Seminar/AGM yesterday the Football Association is extending trial of ‘sin bins’ in the lower leagues of English football next season with a full implementation from season 2019-2020.

The FA plans to introduce what it calls “temporary dismissals” in England’s step seven and the leagues below. They will only apply to yellow cards shown for dissent, and will see players leave the field for 10 minutes. Clubs are normally charged a £10 administration charge for each yellow card but the CFA’s will not be issuing this administration fee for those that participate and will be recompensed financially by the FA.

Representatives of Uhlsport Hellenic League clubs at yesterday’s AGM, took a ‘straw poll’ on introducing this as a trial for the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division Two and Veterans League this season – 2018-2019. The project was warmly received and the vote on the 18/19 introduction was supported by the majority of Division TWO clubs

In other Hellenic news our friends over at Football in Bracknell this week revealed the new match ball to be used for the forthcoming season:

And finally, with the recent sad news that Oxford City Nomads have folded, the Hellenic League have confirmed to Sports Shots that as a result, the Premier Division would run for this season with nineteen teams and would not be adding another team.

New step 5 & 6 non-league football allocations revealed

The new divisional provisional allocations for our local step 5 & 6 clubs have finally been revealed today by the FA and their relevant football leagues.

South Midlands League:

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Premier Division

  • Arlesey Town,  Baldock, North Greenford United and Potton United in
  • No club relegated – both Cockfosters and Stotfold reprieved.

Division One

  • Amersham Town, Park View – promotions confirmed
  • Buckingham Town and Hashtag United new clubs in
  • FC Broxbourne Borough, St Neots Town Reserves both relegated to Step 7


United Counties League:

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Premier Division

  • Pinchbeck (promoted) & Rugby Town (moved across) in
  • Northampton Sileby Rangers & St Andrews relegated
  • League reduced from 22 teams to 20

Division One

  • Anstey Nomads, Aylestone Park, Birstall United Social & Holwell Sports in
  • Northampton Sileby Rangers & St Andrews in relegated from Premier Division


Hellenic League:

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Premier Division

  • Ardley United, Bishop’s Cleeve, Holmer Green, Shrivenham & Virginia Water in
  • Burnham & Woodley United relegated

Division One East

  • Abingdon Town, Burnham & Chalvey Sports in

Division One West

  • Almondsbury, Carterton, Malmesbury Victoria & Woodley United in
  • Division increased to 14 from 13


All clubs have seven days to appeal, step 7 allocations to be discussed w/c 28th May.


The entire allocation for steps 5 & 6 nationwide can be viewed by clicking here: NLS 5.6 Club Allocations 2018-19 v25.5.18 FINAL


HLP; Brackley Town Saints 4-0 Tuffley Rovers

Brackley Town Saints – 4

Tuffley Rovers – 0

Brackley Town Saints put on an impressive display on Monday night against Tuffley Rovers, with Josh Bowden bagging a hatrick that secured his side’s second win inside three days. With the winter weather meaning Saints have had to play quick succession games over the past few weeks, it certainly hasn’t done them any harm coming to the closing stages, as the long trip to Lydney Town on Saturday saw them record a win, and they followed that up with this clinical display that left Rovers with their long trip home on the end of a four goal mauling. Tuffley found themselves two goals down at the break, and started the second period on the front foot, however a defensive error saw them concede a third; a late fourth then saw the goal of the game allow Brackleys leading scorer to complete his treble.

A free kick to the visitors on four minutes saw the ball played out to the far post where Rovers Brett James beat Saints full back Keegan Giles to the ball and play it back across the six-yard box but Charlie Kille was on hand to clear before any real danger materialised. A Brackley attack down their right with Bowden saw him cross into the middle aiming for James Hammond, a defender was on hand to clear but instead just laid the ball into the path of the Brackley midfielder who went for goal and had Rovers keeper Mark Pritchett at full stretch to keep it out.

Matt Johnson then explored the Saints left wing before supplying into Callum Williams who went for goal forcing Pritchett down to his left to save one handed just inside the post. At the other end Rovers front man & skipper Warren Mann crossed into the box where James went in against Levi Steele and between them a touch saw the ball loop up towards the Brackley goal, but keeper Alastair Worby was quick to back pedal and gather.

Brackley defence coped well

Brackley opened the scoring on the quarter-hour mark, a lightening quick attack from one end to the other saw an initial shot from Johnson saved well by Pritchett, but he could only palm back into play where Bowden was quickest to react and slotted home. Just eight minutes later they doubled their lead, again a Tuffley attack was repelled and James Watts from deep inside his own half sent the ball long over the Rovers backline, Steele was away and as Pritchett advanced he lifted the ball over the keeper and two bounces took the ball home.

Brackley went on to control the remainder of the half, restricting their guests to the occasional break away, one such break saw a cross from their left into Mann who took the shot on first time but drove wide. A number of the home sides attacks were halted by the raised flag of the assistant referee, although a driving run from Hammond saw him travel with the ball from midfield before he lifted over the top from the eighteen-yard line. H/T: 2-0

Brackley were almost in just minutes after the restart, a high spinning ball into the Rovers box saw Johnson competing with Tuffley’s Shayne Anson for possession, but the experienced defender used his strength to hold the front man off before clearing. A diagonal crossfield pass from the halfway line into the Rovers penalty area then saw Johnson execute some great technique to take on the volley first time, firing back across goal but wide of Pritchett’s left hand post.

Tuffley enjoyed much more possession for the opening fifteen minutes of the half, but the Saints defence were proving stubborn and refused to be breached. They were still attacking when they could, and one such attack came from a Rovers free kick that was easily cleared upfield, this allowed Watts to drive towards the Rovers goal, he attempted to offload a pass that hit a defender then fell nicely back to the Saints man, he laid off to Bowden on the edge of the box and Pritchett was quick off his line to dive at the strikers feet before he could get his shot away.

Josh Bowden completes hattrick

Tuffley then undid all their hard work on sixty-six minutes, gifting Brackley a third goal. A throw deep inside their own half saw an attempted back pass to Pritchett completely mis-hit, Bowden nipped in and curled around the stranded keeper and inside the far post. The goal stunned Tuffley, and the game was as good as over at this point.

Brackley managed the proceedings from here on in, even Giles pushed forward to try his luck from just outside the Rovers box but the ball was always spinning away from goal. With five minutes left came the move of the game, a Tuffley attack was snapped up by Worby, he despatched accurately out to Kille on the left of the halfway line, he rolled the ball forward for Johnson to advance into the area, he crossed into the middle to Worby who was unmarked and couldn’t miss, completing his hatrick. F/T: 4-0

Attendance: 46

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HLP; Saints sins are punished by Freds

Wantage Town – 3

Brackley Town Saints – 2

Brackley Town Saints went down to defeat at high flying Wantage Town on Saturday but made a fight of it after they found themselves three goals down after fifty-two minutes; pulling a goal back lifted some confidence and a late second from skipper Lewis Baldwin then saw the home side start to look nervous but they held out to claim all three points. Three individual errors gifted Wantage their goals, a trip in the box led to a penalty before two surrenders of possession in front of goal gave the Saints a mountain to climb but they can take heart from the effort they put in after Ryan Knight clawed a goal back, and with a little more time maybe would have claimed something from the game, although the experience in the Town side far outweighed the youth in the young Brackley side.

Brackley had the first chance on five minutes when a flick on in midfield set Josh Bowden away on goal, as the home defensive line called for offside the assistant referee point his flag to the floor allowing the Saints leading scorer to advance on Curtis Meare in the Town goal, but taking the shot on early he pulled his effort wide of the target. From the free kick the hosts saw Jim Glover away down their right, he peeled away from his marker and got his shot away which Saints keeper Farrell had to block with his feet. Farrell returning to the side after regular custodian Alastair Worby was called up to Brackley first team action in the FA Trophy semi-final.

Ryan Markham opens scoring

Saints tried again down the right with Matt Johnson who carved out some space, he squared across the box to Bowden who took a touch before firing over the crossbar, and at the other end a cross from Nick Thorne saw Glover go up with a Brackley defender, the ball headed across the penalty area where running in Jon Davoile lifted high over the top. Wantage then won a penalty on seventeen minutes when Jack Dunmall was fed in on the right of the Saints area and he went down under a challenge, giving the referee no option but to point at the spot.

Ryan Markham tucked home into Farrell’s bottom right hand corner to open the scoring, and bring some warmth to the home faithful who were braving the artic conditions and constant snowfall. Thorne then travelled down the Wantage right wing before squaring across the Saints eighteen-yard line to Markham who could only lift over the top.

The home side doubled their two minutes before the interval, conceding possession in their own half to Glover saw him advance into the area and shoot, Farrell made the block with his feet but the ball rolled across to the incoming Town striker Steve Robertson who side footed home his thirty-seventh goal of the season from twelve-yards out. There was still time for Mark Flanagan to cross to Glover who volleyed over the top, and it didn’t look as though it was going to be Glover’s afternoon at this stage. H/T: 2-0

Just seven minutes after the interval the game looked to be over, when Glover finally got his goal after again pressuring a Saints defender to give him the ball deep in the Saints half, the midfielder took the ball on before rounding Farrell and firing home. Three goals down and things looked bleak for the visitor’s, but they didn’t let their heads drop, and continued playing their football.

They were rewarded just before the hour mark when a ball down their left saw Knight away on goal, again the home back line screamed for the offside flag and again it didn’t materialise, Meare advanced but Knight finished with some aplomb, firing into the back of the net. The away side then should have had a second just eight minutes later, a back pass to Meare saw him try to outwit Johnson who was breathing down his neck, but the keeper got it all wrong and miskicked leaving him stranded, but with goal unguarded a rush of blood saw the Saints winger fire over the top.

Weather conditions were testing

Wantage almost hit their guests with a sucker punch moments later when Glover got away down the right and saw his fierce drive pushed away by Farrell for a corner. With six minutes left on the clock, Saints pulled another goal back, a promising attack saw a foul on Bowden right on the edge of the eighteen yard box, just to the right of goal. Baldwin took the free kick and at the near post Meare went down but the ball bounced in front of him, hit his trailing hand and went in.

Whilst the visitor’s sensed they could get back in the game, they were always subject to the counter attack, and with two minutes left a Brackley clearance saw the ball knocked back through the red & white defence to Glover who squared to Robertson, his first time effort pushed over the crossbar by Farrell. From the corner, Town substitute Paul Alder got his head to the ball first forcing Farrell into a point blank save, a follow up shot saw the keeper make another stunning block whilst on the floor.

Brackley threw everything into the final moments and won a free kick deep in the Wantage half, the ball was floated into the sea of bodies in front of Meare, as a head went up so did the flag, and from the free kick the final whistle sounded to the relief of the home faithful. F/T: 3-2

Attendance: 37

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HLP; Wantage v Brackley Saints preview with Alastair Worby & Lewis Baldwin

Saturday 17th March 2018

Wantage Town v Brackley Town Saints

Hellenic League Premier Division

Alfredian Park

K.O. 3.00pm

Brackley Town Saints face a trip to Wantage on Saturday as their current run of tough games against higher placed sides continues, ahead of their Supplementary Cup fixture on Monday down at Woodley United. Having played Bracknell Town & Thatcham Town in their last two games the respite from playing top sides does not ease with Wantage currently third in the Hellenic Premier League table. The Saints haven’t won away from home since October, and Alfredian Park is no easy place to go, especially facing a side battling for promotion back to the Southern League.

Ahead of the game Sports Shots caught up with goalkeeper Alastair Worby & midfielder Lewis Baldwin, and asked Lewis how difficult the recent run of games has been?

Wantage will be another tough game, as every single one is in this division, you just can’t tell what you’re going to face in each match. It will help that we’ve played Bracknell & Thatcham in our last two outings as we’ve had to play at a high intensity and been made to work much harder than in other less profile games

Alastair agreed about the last two games:

Thatcham & Bracknell are both very good sides, which is reflected in their league positions, both tried to get the ball down on our difficult surface to play football. Having said that, we can as a squad all take a lot of positives out of both those matches and leave with our heads held high, as I believe we frustrated both for large parts of the games

We asked Alastair what Saints can expect from Wantage:

They are yet another good side, they currently sit third in the table! Our previous two encounters against them this season have both been very close, with both sides walking away with a victory each. We come into this game off the back of those two home defeats, but confident that if we play to the same high standards we have set, we can get something from this game

Alastair Worby

Lewis looked back to those two games against Wantage:

They were deserved winners at our place last time out, both their strikers were very good in that game, but on the flip side we deserved the win against them two weeks previously. We didn’t take our chances in the league game when they came along and ultimately it cost us

We questioned Lewis how he rates this season so far for Saints?

It’s been a tough season as we’ve had so many changes throughout the year in terms of coaching staff, squad changes & injuries but all in all I feel we’ve done well. We had a rocky patch before Christmas where there was no consistency in the team at all, and recently it’s been tough as we’ve had so many games postponed like so many other sides, and we haven’t really had a chance to gather any momentum or rhythm. However, out last three games have all been very promising, although we lost the last two they were both close games, it took Bracknell until the last ten minutes to break us down!

Alastair believes the squad is improving:

From the start of the season until now, the squad and coaching staff have both improved massively. With still a very young squad, the jump from boys to men’s football is a huge one, but I believe we have held our own and produced some great performances along the way. The key for us now is to maintain that level, and find some consistency until the end of the season

We asked both players how their own personal season has been, Alastair first:

With this being my first season back playing after three years out of the game, I believe it has been a good one. For me, this season was all about being back on the pitch and enjoying the game again. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to re-sign for Brackley & hopefully I can repay that faith which they’ve shown in me

Lewis Baldwin

And for Lewis:

I believe I’ve done well when I have been playing & hope I’ve brought something to the team. I’ve not played as many games as I would have liked due to injuries & work commitments but that’s life, part of the game at this level

Rounding up, we asked Lewis where he see’s Saints in the final league table:

We’ve set ourselves a target of finishing in the top half and I believe with performances like the last few then there is no reason at all that we cannot achieve that

Alastair has high hopes for his season finale:

As a squad we have set goals & targets to try and achieve in the remaining games we have. Also, to break into the top half of the table would be great for us. On a personal note, a strong end to season with more clean sheets & further exposure in the Brackley Town first team would be ideal. I have been involved in their FA Trophy run this season so to get to Wembley would be an amazing achievement

Sports Shots would like to thank Alastair & Lewis for their time this week

Brackley Town Saints 3-4 Flackwell Heath PPFC

Brackley Town Saints – 3

Flackwell Heath – 4

Brackley Town Saints exited the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup at the third round stage on Wednesday evening at a reasonably warm St James Park. Flackwell were dominant for the opening twenty minutes or so; scoring one and should have had more, but Brackley slowly got back into it and levelled before taking the lead & were the better side after their guests were reduced to ten men. They looked hopeful going into the break that they’d go on and win the tie, but credit to Heath who got themselves back into the game and using their pace scored twice in quick succession to proceed in the competition.

Flackwell passed the ball well and looked to utilise their front line pace and on four minutes Charlie Samuel tried his luck from distance but screwed wide. As Brackley tried to force their guests further down the pitch they were susceptible to a break away and Francis Amartey did just that and cut in from the left, his attempted shot across the face of goal had Brackley keeper Alistair Worby diving away to his left to smoother.

Worby then had to make a good save from an Elliott Carey effort from outside the box, but the visitors did then take the lead on thirteen minutes when Samuel was sent away down the right despite the home sides call for offside the flag stayed down, and the Flackwell striker deftly lifted the ball over the advancing Worby and into the empty net.

Flackwell take the lead

Heath should have doubled their lead just moments later when a cross from their right was met in the middle by Dean Allen but from twelve yards he headed wide of Worby’s right hand post. After twenty minutes of Flackwell pressure the home side got themselves back in the game, winning a free kick on the corner of the box skipper Lewis Baldwin lifted his shot way over the top, but it gave the home side some belief.

Just three minutes later the scores were level when a Flackwell attack broke down in midfield and the ball sent upfield for Tom Kalugin & Chris Jordan to chase down, the latter tucking into the bottom corner from eighteen yards out. The goal got the Brackley tails up, and as they asserted some pressure James Watts thumped a drive against a defender that looped over for a corner.

Samuel thumped a free kick over the top for Flackwell, then on thirty-six minutes the home side took the lead when a ball straight through the heart of the Heath defence gave Matt Johnson a clear sight of goal, as he drove at goal he skipped a tackle from behind that was waved play on, he went on to round David Lyons in the visitor’s goal and stroke home. The referee then called over the offending defender Adam Dickens who had tried to bring Johnson down, showed him a second yellow which meant his side were down to ten men.

Worby then made three fantastic saves to keep his sides lead intact, the second as he retreated back to his goal line seemed impossible with the power of the shot, but the chances were repelled and Brackley continued to press which saw the Heath back line under some sever pressure as the half ended.

Dan Middleton chased down what looked a lost cause in the corner, a Flackwell defender seemed to be simply shepherding the ball out of play but Middleton forced him into the error, won the ball and turned to fire over the crossbar from an acute angle. Kalugin was then given freedom to probe from midfield and as his shot seemed destined for the top corner Lyons threw himself to his right to palm around his post. H/T: 2-1

Brackley began the second half patiently passing the ball across midfield trying to unlock the Flackwell defence, Kalugin was eventually fed in between the centre halves and forced a good save from Lyons from close range.

But before the hosts could relax and enjoy their numerical advantage, their guests hit back on fifty-one minutes when a ball knocked up to Samuel saw the big striker twist and turn on the edge of the area and creating a bit of space he smashed past Worby to level the game. Within ninety seconds of levelling Heath were behind again when a long range shot hit Kalugin some four yards out and the ball sat nicely under his feet for him to poke home and restore his sides lead.

Kalugin pokes home

Again Brackley applied some spells of pressure but were finding it hard to break their opponents down, a powerful drive from Sam Bridges saw a defender bravely put his head in front of the ball to divert over for a corner.

Then on sixty-three minutes some lapses in concentration allowed a loose ball deep in the Town half to fall at the feet of Charlie Malin who had plenty of time and space to compose before smashing a shot off Worby and in, to level once again.

Two minutes later Flackwell took the lead when again Brackley allowed them too much time and didn’t close down quick enough, a cross from the right found Amartey alone in the middle and he had time to take a touch before driving into the bottom corner.

The home side now looked shell shocked and took time to regroup although Watts did shoot from outside the area but only into the waiting arms of Lyons. But it was the away side that looked more likely to score again, Amartey found space down the left to tee up Carey whose fierce drive came back off the post and was eventually cleared.

As much as Brackley huffed and puffed they couldn’t find a way past a resolute Flackwell defence who were determined not to lose the points, and in added time Worby came up to try and help his side at a corner, as the ball was cleared long Worby gave chase and an offside decision saw a free kick awarded, as the Town keeper went to retrieve the ball Malin kicked the ball away earning him his second yellow card of the night.

There was barely time for Brackley to try and make the most of playing against nine men but did win a free kick right on the eighteen yard line in front of Lyons goal. As Baldwin’s’ attempt crashed up off the wall the referee blew the whistle to end a thoroughly entertaining clash. F/T: 3-4

Attendance: 47

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After the match Sports Shots spoke to Saints manager Gordon Kille: 

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Brackley Town Saints 8-0 Burnham

Brackley Town Saints – 8

Burnham – 0

Brackley Town Saints manager Gordon Kille mentioned in his programme notes that their win at Burnham back in August had been his sides biggest in their Hellenic history, and was a result of the work his coaching team had put in with the players on the training ground in the lead up to the game. After beating the Buckinghamshire side by eight goals without reply for the second time in three months, Saints will surely be on this training schedule for the rest of the season, although in all fairness it did take two red cards for the visitors to allow Brackley to make the most of the open space and score seven goals in the final twenty-one minutes. As the players left the pitch at the end, a derogatory comment saw Burnham collect a third red card on a thoroughly miserable afternoon for the Buckinghamshire side.

James Watts was the first to see sight of goal early in the game, surging forward from deep he tried his luck from outside the box but spun his shot wide of goal, but then Brackley did take the lead on seven minutes when Josh Bowden was released down the right and he had time to pick out Khris Oti at the far post who thumped his header home.

Bowden sets Oti for opener

Burnham tried to respond when Michael Mukasa burst forward however Saints keeper Alistair Worby was quick off his line and his clearance rebounded back of the Burnham man and out for a goal kick. Bowden was then fed in over the Burnham defensive line and whilst their appeals for a flag were ignored, the striker thumped the ball first time over the bar.

Saints had a half-hearted penalty appeal waved away when a long range effort from Charlie Kille saw Burnham keeper Mo Sampat block the shot but only parry it back into play, running in to pick up the loose ball Chris Jordan went over the leg of Mukasa but the referee waved play on.

From the goal kick Burnham broke and a good drive from Calvin Morgan saw Worby have to dive away to his left to turn away for a corner, and before the break Brackley winger Ryan Knight curled an effort narrowly around the back post from the corner of the box. H/T: 1-0

Saints were indebted to their keeper ten minutes into the second half when Burnham substitute Sodike Thompson was played in through the middle despite the entire home back line calling for offside, from six yards out his shot was brilliantly saved by the feet of Worby.

The game then changed on sixty-two minutes when the visitors were reduced to ten men. A loose ball in midfield saw Saints substitute Sam Bridges and Mukasa both challenge but the reaction of the Town players suggested it was a rather heavy tackle. The referee blew for the free kick, and took a moment to assess before brandishing a straight red card to the Burnham man.

As the sides regrouped Worby was called upon again to make a good save from Thompson, but then with twenty-two minutes left the home side won a penalty when Jordan was released away on goal and as Sampat raced out to dive at his feet, a flailing hand saw the Saint floored and the official wasted no time pointing to the spot.

Baldwin tucks home penalty

Skipper Lewis Baldwin tucked home the spot kick to double his sides lead and put them in the driving seat. Three minutes later it was three when a hotly disputed corner was awarded to the home side, Joe Ward got his head to the cross which Sampat blocked, the Burnham defence failed to clear and a shot from Alex Stott was then blocked on the line again by the Burnham keeper but as he lay in his goal Ward followed up to fire home.

With fifteen minutes left the Town tails were now up, and they attacked at will with Burnham struggling to contain their hosts, and with fifteen minutes left Knight got in on the action. Stott was fed in down the right wing and he had the freedom to fire his cross over the Knight on the corner of the six yard box and he thumped home.

Bridges then cut in from the left after leaving his marker for dead and fired at goal from eighteen yards which Sampat did well to get down and save, before Bowden was fed in behind the visiting defence but a brilliant last ditch tackle from full back Jack Poole took the ball off Bowden’s’ foot before he could shoot and Sampat threw himself onto the ball.

Brackley did make it five on eighty minutes when an initial shot from Bowden was tipped away by Sampat but with no defender anywhere near the Saints striker, he was allowed to chase after the ball and from the acutest of angles smashed at goal again and with the aid of a deflection off a recovering Burnham player the ball went in.

Two minutes later the away side were down to nine men, when Poole was dismissed for a high foot deep in the Brackley half. Burnham were now done and were chasing shadows, and conceded another within ninety seconds, a simple long ball down the right wing was crossed to Bowden in the middle who with no one near him had time to control before rifling home.

Five minutes from time the home side scored their seventh, Stott was fed through the middle of the Burnham back line to run on and fire into the top corner, and three minutes later Stott doubled his tally when a good passing move from left to right saw him loose on the right of the Burnham box from where he fired across Sampat and in. At the sound of the final whistle something was said which led the referee to call back Burnham defender Charlie Fox to show him a second yellow card and subsequent red. F/T: 8-0

Attendance: 54

After the match Sports Shots spoke to Saints manager Gordon Kille: 

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