Brackley Town saw off Harrogate Town with a 2-1 win at St James Park in Saturday’s Blue Square Bet North clash to gain revenge for their hammering earlier in the season.
New signing Izak Reid and Jefferson Louis hit Saints goals in each half before substitute Michael Wood grabbed a late consolation.
After a week of mixed fortunes manager Jon Brady brought Eddie Odhiambo, Louis and Glenn Walker back into the starting line-up in a bid to freshen things up.
Debutant Reid made a bright start to life at St James Park. The former Morecambe winger’s early free-kick found Ryan Austin but he could only head straight at keeper Craig MacGillivray.
The visitors hit back immediately. Dave Merris looped in a free-kick but Louis’s crucial header kept Harrogate at bay.
Saints broke the deadlock six minutes before halftime. New-boy Reid benefitted from a crucial deflection from Elliot Sandy’s pass and finished with power low into the bottom corner of the net.
Harrogate dominated the start of the second half. James Clifton’s crucial block from Chib Chilaka’s shot hit the bar and sparked mayhem in the area. Austin cleared off the line before eventually Billy Turley saved at the feet of Luke Dean.
Harrogate’s hard work was undone in the 59th minute when defender Alan White conceded a penalty for a foul on Louis. White was fortunate not to receive a second yellow card but Louis doubled the lead with a confident finish to the bottom left.
The visitors had a number of chances to claw something back but couldn’t find the route through. Substitute Lee Elam found space in the area but fired straight at Turley.
Ultimately, Wood’s stoppage-time goal would be all but a consolation for the visitors and a crucial three points in Saints’ push to cement a play-off place.