Brackley Town 3-1 Nuneaton Borough
Nuneaton Borough suffered a third consecutive 3-1 defeat as they fell away to Brackley Town in a spirited performance that showed plenty of attacking endeavour.
Ryan Edmunds gave the Boro’ an early lead and Danny Lewis made a string of excellent saves in the Saints’ goal but the hosts made Cam Belford work just as hard.
The game was played in an atmosphere of near silence as a sparse home crowd watched their Saints side shade the early going. Lee Ndlovu had the best chance of the opening exchanges but didn’t connect with his attempted overhead kick.
An already subdued crowd were further quieted when centre-half Connor Hall suffered a serious looking knee injury and had to be helped from the pitch. Boro’ took immediate advantage, Edmunds pouncing, as Brackley failed to clear a free kick, for his second league goal.
The lead didn’t last long though and the home crowd were brought to life by two goals in three minutes. First Matt Lowe had too much space as he picked the ball up on halfway and headed towards goal, shooting low inside the near post from the edge of the area. Then, from a needlessly given away free kick, Liam McAlinden connected with Lee Ndlovu’s flick-on to shoot high in to the Boro’ net.
Both teams had great chances to score again in the first half as Brackley got in some great blocks and Belford made fantastic saves from James Armson and Ndlovu. Nuneaton had looked promising going forward but Brackley had been more clinical and went in 2-1 up at the break.
Boro’ enjoyed a good spell to open the second half and were inches away from equalising as Baker played a sublime long ball that Angus latched on to, turned inside and fired a rasping effort that Lewis did well to tip on to the crossbar.
Jimmy Armson eventually made it three as a corner sailed across the goal and hit the former Boro’ man, ricocheting in to the goal. All of the former Boro’ men representing Brackley wore black armbands as a mark of respect for Rex Spencer.
Brackley’s third effectively killed the match, Ginnelly’s side didn’t quit but couldn’t find a way through the Saints’ defence, Baker’s effort clipping the crossbar and Lewis making a great save from an Angus header. Nuneaton return to action on New Year’s Day for a 13:00 kick-off versus AFC Telford United at Liberty Way.