Luke Fairlamb got off the mark as Brackley Town beat Nuneaton Borough 3-1 in Monday’s Vanarama National League North clash.
Saints dominated the Bank Holiday Monday game at Nuneaton, emerging with the three points after a convincing display.
A goal ahead at the break after Jimmy Armson finished at close range from Fairlamb’s cross after 19 minutes, the crucial second goal came on the hour mark as Lee Ndlovu headed home from Connor Franklin’s cross.
Matt Lowe cut inside shooting just wide, Armson could not direct his header on target from Ndlovu’s cross and Ndlovu fired wide as the visitors created a glut of chances without adding to the score. The home side had posed little goal threat but on 73 minutes on-loan Dior Angus pulled a goal back, heading past Danny Lewis.
Conceding however did not halt the flow of Saints’ scoring opportunities and the two-goal margin was restored by Fairlamb’s first goal in a red and white shirt in the 81st minute. Matt Lowe and Shane Byrne combined well on the right, working the ball to the opposite wing where Fairlamb darted into the penalty area, his dribble taking him in on goal from where he found the corner of the net in a neat finish.
The game was marred by the last minute sendings off of Nuneaton’s Harry Panayiotou and Saints’ Shep Murombedzi after a corner flag kerfuffle. But the points lifted Saints to eighth in the embryonic league table.
Boss Kevin Wilkin said: “I am obviously pleased with today’s win but I am disappointed to have conceded a goal and not to have converted more of the chances that we created. The three points are important for us and the win well deserved for that performance.”