David Moyo bagged a brace, including the winner, as Brackley Town made it back-to-back wins in 2015 to climb away from the lower reaches of the Vanarama Conference North table.
Saints won 2-1 at Gainsborough Trinity in Sunday’s clash which survived an early pitch inspection after the hard frost.
The match started brightly for Saints with Ryan Rowe having a shot deflected for a corner in the first minute. The half continued to ebb and flow with both teams having chances but not forcing either keeper into action.
Saints broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when Rowe manoeuvred between Trinity’s two central defenders to burst into the area before squaring to Moyo who fired past keeper Jan Budtz.
It could have been even better at halftime as a good move ended with Ebby Nelson-Addy having a shot blocked and Rowe latching on to Billy Turley’s goal-kick only to volley over from 18 yards.
After the break Gainsborough poured forward in search of the equaliser which arrived in the 61st minute when Danny Forrest was at the back post to latch on to a clearance to beat Turley.
That may have turned the game Trinity’s way but Saints are made of sterner stuff now and instead of Gainsborough pushing on it was the visitors who got the decisive goal in the 70th minute. Moyo ran on to a defence-splitting ball from Sam Whittall and with the outside of his right boot beat Budtz.
Apart from two smart saves by Turley, one from a Ciaran Toner free-kick, Saints stood firm and travelled back to St James Park on the back of two wins to kick-off 2015 as they moved three places up the table to 13th.