Moyo hits winner to lift Saints out of the drop zone

Back-to-back wins have been a rarity this season but Brackley Town pulled one out of the hat, beating bottom-placed 2-1 Hyde to follow up last week’s victory over Vanarama Conference North leaders Barrow.

And, following Colwyn Bay’s defeat against Lowestoft Town, Saints have moved out of the relegation zone thanks to David Moyo’s winner for the second week running. Saturday’s victory sets up a season-defining showdown at St James Park against Hednesford Town and puts Saints’ destiny once more in their own hands.

Saints went ahead in the 13th minute as a sweeping move started in his own half by a driving run from Curtis McDonald saw David Moyo switch the play to find Owen Story on the right and his deep cross was headed past keeper Ed Wilczynski by the unmarked Stuart Pierpoint.

Undeterred by the set-back, Hyde persisted with their game of passing and possession and in the 24th minute Ryan Masterson found the equaliser after the speedy Connor Hughes had dazzled on the right to conjure a cross that Saints failed to clear.

Pierpoint fired over after an excellent run by Eddie Odhiambo before the break but in the 40th minute Sam Whittall’s header came back off the post and Moyo was on hand to prod the ball over the line.

After the break Saints came close twice to extending the lead. First Moyo’s fierce shot was well saved low down by Wilczynski before Frank Sinclair hit a volley sweetly bringing a flying save from Wilczybski.

Both sides searched for chances for the next goal and Hyde dominated possession the longer the half wore on. But their neat build-up play did not translate into clear cut chances and Saints held on to clinch three priceless points.