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Brackley Town
Nuneaton Borough
M Lowe (34'), L McAlinden (37'), J Armson (70')
Full time
R Edmunds (27')
Sat 29 Dec 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League North Attendance 506

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.

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Key moments

27:00
Goal Ryan Edmunds scores for Nuneaton Borough
34:00
Goal Matt Lowe scores for Brackley Town
37:00
Goal Liam McAlinden scores for Brackley Town
70:00
Goal James Armson scores for Brackley Town

Highlights

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77:00 Sub Off
Joe Lyne is substituted off for Nuneaton Borough
77:00 Sub On
Harry Panayiotou is substituted on for Nuneaton Borough
77:00 Sub Off
Liam McAlinden is substituted off for Brackley Town
77:00 Sub On
Daniel Nti is substituted on for Brackley Town
75:00 Sub Off
Ryan Edmunds is substituted off for Nuneaton Borough
75:00 Sub On
Ryan Jennings is substituted on for Nuneaton Borough
71:00 Sub On
Luis Morrison is substituted on for Nuneaton Borough
71:00 Sub Off
Reece Leek is substituted off for Nuneaton Borough
70:00 Goal 3 - 1
James Armson scores for Brackley Town
66:00 Sub Off
Ben Morgan is substituted off for Brackley Town
66:00 Sub On
Shepherd Murombedzi is substituted on for Brackley Town
62:00 Yellow Card
Luke Fairlamb is yellow carded for Brackley Town
End of period 1
37:00 Goal 2 - 1
Liam McAlinden scores for Brackley Town
36:00 Yellow Card
Joe Lyne is yellow carded for Nuneaton Borough
34:00 Goal 1 - 1
Matt Lowe scores for Brackley Town
27:00 Goal 0 - 1
Ryan Edmunds scores for Nuneaton Borough
27:00 Sub Off
Connor Hall is substituted off for Brackley Town
27:00 Sub On
Luke Fairlamb is substituted on for Brackley Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Brackley Town
  • Nuneaton Borough
  • 0
  • Ryan Edmunds Goal 27:00'
  • Connor Hall Sub Off 27:00'
  • Luke Fairlamb Sub On 27:00'
  • Matt Lowe Goal 34:00'
  • Joe Lyne Yellow Card 36:00'
  • Liam McAlinden Goal 37:00'
  • Luke Fairlamb Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Ben Morgan Sub Off 66:00'
  • Shepherd Murombedzi Sub On 66:00'
  • James Armson Goal 70:00'
  • Reece Leek Sub Off 71:00'
  • Luis Morrison Sub On 71:00'
  • Ryan Edmunds Sub Off 75:00'
  • Ryan Jennings Sub On 75:00'
  • Joe Lyne Sub Off 77:00'
  • Harry Panayiotou Sub On 77:00'
  • Liam McAlinden Sub Off 77:00'
  • Daniel Nti Sub On 77:00'

Team selection

Brackley Town
  • 1. Danny Lewis
  • 2. Matt Lowe
  • 3. Ben Morgan
  • 4. Shane Byrne
  • 5. Connor Hall
  • 6. Gareth Dean
  • 7. Glenn Walker
  • 8. James Armson
  • 9. Lee Ndlovu
  • 10. Liam McAlinden
  • 11. Adam Walker
  • 12. Ellis Myles
  • 13. Shepherd Murombedzi
  • 14. Daniel Nti
  • 15. Shaun Jeffers
  • 16. Luke Fairlamb

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
16. Curzon Ashton 25 31
17. York City 25 30
18. Guiseley 24 29
19. Hereford 24 25
20. FC United Of Manchester 26 24
21. Ashton United 25 20
22. Nuneaton Borough 26 15

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