Barnes-Homer off the mark to earn Saints three points

Lee Ndlovu gave Brackley Town the early lead at Worcester City
Lee Ndlovu gave Brackley Town the early lead at Worcester City
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Brackley Town got back on track with a 2-1 victory at lowly Worcester City in Tuesday’s Vanarama National League North clash.

The three points lifts Saints to tenth in the table ahead of Saturday’s game at St James Park against AFC Telford United.

The game at Bromsgrove Sporting’s ground was anything but a classic. But Saints got back to winning ways, having suffered successive solitary goal defeats and the three points keeps them on course for a top ten finish.

With Glenn Walker and Jimmy Armson unavailable, manager Kevin Wilkin nevertheless showed real attacking intent with David Moyo, Matt Barnes-Homer and Lee Ndlovu all starting.

And it was Ndlovu who got on the score-sheet after only 90 seconds to give his side an early lead against a City side seeking a first league win since November. Alex Gudger rose to flick on Ellis Myles’ cross and Ndlovu’s header looped beyond keeper Nathan Vaughan who remained rooted to the spot.

But City were back on level terms in the 20th minute when Saints captain Gareth Dean fouled former Saints midfielder Ebby Nelson-Addy in the box. Long-serving City skipper Tyler Weir squeezed the ensuing spot-kick past Laurie Walker.

Moyo brought a fine save from Vaughan low at his near post as Saints sought to restore their lead before the break.

But they had to wait until the 67th minute when Barnes-Homer netted his first goal for the club. Barnes-Homer exchanged neat passes with Moyo and fired in a shot that Vaughan could only parry allowing the Saints striker to follow up and plant the rebound inside the post.