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Brackley Town Saints withstand Flack attack to go third

Banbury United Saints went third in the Hellenic Football League Premier Division table on Tuesday night with a two-one win at Flackwell Heath, the victory being their fourth successive league win on the bounce.

James Hammond opened scoring

Saints took an early eighth minute lead when Ryan Knight supplied James Hammond to fire into the bottom corner, after the break the hosts had a shot cleared off the line but the visitor’s doubled their advantage with just over a quarter of an hour left, Knight rounding the keeper to slot home. With ten minutes left Flackwell scored from a free kick but Brackley held on to secure all three points.

Town have no game this Saturday but travel to Reading City on Monday night with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Brackley Town Saints up to third in Hellenic League

Brackley Town Saints made it three wins on the spin on Saturday with a two goal victory over Lydney Town, the three points lifts Saints up into third place in the Hellenic Football League Premier Division albeit having played more games than anyone around them.

George Ball

It took just ten minutes for Ryan Knight to extend his goal scoring record as he latched onto a pass from Jordan Godfrey to round the keeper and slot home, with twenty minutes remaining they secured the win as a penalty area scramble led to George Ball lifting up into the roof of the net.

Saints travel to Longlevens next Saturday in Hellenic action.

Brackley Town Saints five star show leaves Royals flushed

Brackley Town Saints made it two wins on the bounce with a great performance at Royal Wootton Bassett Town on Saturday, the three points moves Chris Hurley’s men up to fifth place in the Hellenic Football League Premier Division table.

Sam Hartley

Olly Goddard poked home a Harry Brock corner on just three minutes, the hosts levelled through Carl Evans but Dean March restored the Saints lead from a free kick on twenty-one minutes. Sam Hartley at the back post headed a third moments later, and before the interval James Hammond made it four with a deft chip over the Wootton keeper.

The home side pulled another goal back immediately after the restart, but it took until three minutes from the end for Hammond to bag his second and finally put the game to bed, Brackley host Lydney Town next weekend at St James Park.

HL P; Royal Wootton Bassett Town v Brackley Town Saints preview + Saints GK Matt Crowther reveals all

Saturday 2nd November 2019
Royal Wootton Bassett Town v Brackley Town Saints
Hellenic League Premier Division
Gerrard Buxton Sports Ground
K.O. 3.00pm


(This season’s) League standings:

Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)

Brackley Town Saints 11th

Royal Wootton Bassett Town 17th


(Last season’s) League standings:

Hellenic League Premier Division (19 teams)

Brackley Town Saints 3rd

Royal Wootton Bassett Town 10th


This game last season:

20th October 2018

Royal Wootton Bassett Town 1 (Terence Bohane)

Brackley Town Saints 3 (James Hammond, Alex Stott, Charlie Kille)


Last six games:

Brackley Town Saints:

L 1-0 away v Shrivenham 26th October HL

D 1-1 away v Virginia Water 22nd October HL

W 3-2 home v Windsor 19th October HL

L 2-3 home v West Bridgford 12th October FAV

L 2-1 away v Westfields 5th October HL

D 1-1 away v Virginia Water 28th September BSCC


Royal Wootton Bassett Town:

L 3-1 away v Shrivenham 29th October HL

L 0-1 home v Binfield 26th October HL

D 1-1 home v Tuffley Rovers 22nd October HL

W 1-3 away v Ardley United 12th October HL

L 4-1 away v Westbury United 9th October WPS

L 2-4 home v Windsor 5th October HL



Matt Crowther

Full Name: Matthew Crowther

Age: 19

Nationality: British

Marital status: Single

Preferred shirt number: 1

Most effective position on the pitch: Goalkeeper

Daytime job: Student (Higher National Diploma)

Former clubs: Didcot Town, Shrivenham, Woodstock Town


We asked Matt:


How was your summer, do you miss football when it finishes or is it nice to just get away from it and relax?

My summer was good thank you, spent most of it switched off from football and was quite detached from the game so I must say I didn’t really miss it, but it was always in the back of my mind when to start up again

Signed on for Brackley this season, what influenced your choice and were there any other clubs that wanted you?

It would of been Chris as I knew him from my time at Didcot last season, he messaged me during the summer to see if I wanted to come over and I was at a loose end with football so it was something I was up for, and no I didn’t really have any clubs show interest in me

How do you feel your early season games have gone for you personally so far?

I feel that they have been frustrating so far as we haven’t got the results that our performances have warranted, we know we’re more than capable of turning it around but it’s just getting that momentum going that’ll see us get the results in

What are the expectations and/or targets for the season for you yourself, and the squad as a whole?

I think mainly now it is for us to be up there this season and to be competitive in the league as a whole. It hasn’t unfortunately, gone our way in the cups this year but we still are looking to be successful in the league and be up there when the season finishes

Who has been your biggest influence in football?

As much as it is a cliché, it would be both of my parents, I come from quite a football orientated family where both of them used to play, so for me not to play wasn’t much of an option to be honest! But they’ve really supported me in everything that I’ve done and tried to help me as much as they can in any way possible

How much belief is there in the squad that you can have a successful season, and which players will be key for you to achieve this?

I think there is still a lot of belief in us that we can have a successful season as was shown with my Shrivenham side last year, it is more than possible to turn your season around and finish high with a successful campaign. And I think everyone will be key to what we do this season, everyone will play their part and will be influential at some point during the season

Away at Wootton Bassett this week, do you know anything about them & what are you expecting from them?

Surprisingly for myself being the busy person I am, I don’t know much about them in terms of what to expect, but from what I’ve seen in terms of results, they’ve been a bit slow this year to start but have begun to pick up results of late, so they’ll be up for it and wanting to pick up more points this week

James Hammond

Who is the biggest moaner in the dressing room?

James Hammond or Jordan Godfrey have to be up there, they’ve usually found something to moan about that day or from something during the week!

What is your typical pre-match routine before you get to the ground?

It’s mainly to just get my kit sorted that I’m going to be taking to the game and whatever else I’ll be needing. Also having a meal around the same time on a matchday then once I get to the ground, it’s usually just to get my kit ready and prepare for the game ahead

In your current squad, who is the most underrated player in your opinion?

I think Lewis Gabbidon because, like me, he’s new into the squad but he has played consistently well this season in every game and keeps a high standard of levels on the pitch

Who has the worst dress sense at the club?

Harry Brock. He does have some rascal gear kicking about!

When you leave the football pitch on a Saturday, what is the first result you look for elsewhere, and why?

I mainly just have a little browse of twitter just to have an overlook of what the scores are where in the country, just mainly to try and fill some time in after the game really

Who is the last person you would let choose the music in the dressing room (or car) on matchday, and why?

I don’t want to seem like I’m following the crowd, but I do have to say Chris, he used to play his music at Didcot and there were occasions where others had to take over

What’s the one game this season you most want to win and why?

Every game for me, there isn’t a game where I don’t want to come away with three points

Finally, after you’ve saved a hat trick of penalties on Saturday, what can supporters buy you in the bar afterwards?

A hatrick? I need to save one first!! But they can get me a nice pint of Thatcher’s Haze thank you

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

Brackley Town Saints win derby ahead of Royal visit

Brackley Town Saints beat local neighbours Ardley United on Wednesday night at St James Park to catapult themselves up to sixth place in the Hellenic Football League Premier Division table.

Alex Stott opened scoring

Saints took the lead on seven minutes when Ryan Knight set up Alex Stott who fired home, that lead doubled just five minutes after the break when James Hammond drifted across the box before curling past United keeper Jake Pritchard to secure the points.

Brackley travel to Royal Wootton Bassett Town on Saturday to begin the month of November where four of their six league games are away from home.

Brackley Town Saints fortunes up in the air after Ryan departure

Brackley Town Saints were undone by a late goal at Shrivenham on Saturday, despite defending for long periods of the game they had looked set for a share of the spoils in the hazardous conditions in Swindon.

Stephen Robertson scored the only goal with just eighteen minutes remaining, there was further late woe for Saints as leading scorer Ryan Knight was red carded late on.

Ryan Knight red carded late on

Saints have a local derby on Wednesday night as they host Ardley United at St James Park, before travelling to Royal Wootton Bassett Town next weekend, after yesterday’s results Brackley sit in eleventh position in the Hellenic Football League Premier Division.

Brackley Town Saints hopes for away win sunk late on

Brackley Town Saints were denied all three points at Virginia Waters on Tuesday night by an eighty-fourth minute leveller, in their latest Hellenic League Premier Division match.

Ryan Knight

A penalty ten minutes before the interval saw Ryan Knight put the visitor’s ahead, but they could not hold on for the win, as the hosts equalised with just six minutes left of play.

The result leaves Saints 10th in the league table.

Brackley Town Saints rely on a Knight to see off Windsor

Brackley Town Saints got back to winning ways on Saturday with a three-two victory over Windsor in the Hellenic Football League Premier Division.

Trailing by a single goal at half-time Saints came out to equalise within four minutes of the restart with a Ryan Knight penalty, and by the hour mark Knight had completed his hatrick to put his side in control.

Ryan Knight levels from the spot

Despite Windsor pulling another goal back with a minute to play, Brackley held on to take a vital three points, their first win in four games in all competition.

With thanks to Ian Lissimore for the goal clip

Buckingham Athletic Development put in Hell of a performance

Buckingham Athletic Development chalked up their first win of the season as they triumphed 1-4 at Milton United Development on Saturday, their first success since joining the Hellenic League this summer. A tough opening set of fixtures for the squad had seen five successive defeats in league & cup but that was all forgotten with this convincing win which sees them climb up to eight position in the Division Two North table.

Charlie Wright

Ath were off to a flier with two first half goals from Charlie Wright however their hosts pulled a goal back before the interval through Jordan Goddard. After the break Wright completed his hatrick before going onto grab his & Buckingham’s fourth to complete the win.

League table HERE:

Brackley Town Saints hopes of beating league leaders gone West

Brackley Town Saints were beaten on Saturday at Westfields, a goal either side of the break put the Hereford based side two up, Saints then lost Matt Hammond who had to leave the field on a stretcher but a late Ryan Knight strike gave the Saints hope for the final ten minutes but the league leaders held on to stay four points clear at the summit of the Hellenic Football League Premier Division.

Ryan Knight

Westfields took the lead five minutes before the break through Richard Greaves, the same number of minutes after the interval Aiden Thomas doubled the hosts advantage, injury to Hammond meant the visitor’s had to reshuffle but they were given hope on eighty minutes through Knight but they could not find an equaliser.

Saints are back in FA Vase action next week-end as they host West Bridgford.

League table HERE: