Brady calls on fans to cheer Saints home

Brackley Town's James Clifton and Altrincham's Duncan Whatmore in a race for the ball.  Pic: Gavin Rathbone
Brackley Town's James Clifton and Altrincham's Duncan Whatmore in a race for the ball. Pic: Gavin Rathbone

Brackley Town boss Jon Brady says ‘it’s now or never’ for fans to get behind the club and help them make it through to the Blue Square Bet North play-off final.

Saints trail Altrincham 2-1 ahead of Saturday’s semi-final second-leg at St James Park, where Brady is urging supporters to back Saints’ bid to overturn the 2-1 deficit.

Guiseley or FC Halifax Town await Saints in the final after they drew 1-1 on Tuesday but Altrincham must be overcome first of all.

Brady said: “This game could be the catalyst for Brackley Town playing clubs like Luton Town and Hereford United regularly in the future. But we have to get past Altrincham and we will need the whole town to get behind us.

“Their crowd lifted them on Tuesday when they needed to get back into the game and my players will be looking for that level of support on Saturday. There have been several games at St James Park this season when our supporters have been outnumbered by the visitors, so it is now or never for them to back us.

“Altrincham will probably have around 500 fans coming down so we need to double that number and for our supporters to be more vocal than theirs. We’re on the verge of putting Brackley on the football map but the town needs to back us.”

More on Saints in this week’s Banbury Guardian.