They had to be patient but Brackley Town finally found the second half goals to beat Curzon Ashton 2-0 on Saturday to stay on the pace in Vanarama National League North.
The win, courtesy of second half goals from Luke Graham and Glenn Walker, extends an impressive run of just one defeat in 14 games in all competitions.
After a 35 minute delay to the kick-off due to motorway congestion it was the visitors who had the first chance of the game as Niall Cummins brought a good save from Laurie Walker. Saints got into their stride and should have taken at least one of three good first half chances in what was the Steve Diggin and Jimmy Armson show.
Good work by Ellis Myles and Diggin set up Armson who fired wide when well placed. Then a stunning move of simplicity but incision again brought a cross from Diggin that Armson headed just over. A pin-point cross by Armson this time was met by the head of Diggin bringing an excellent save by keeper Hakan Burton to send the teams in level at the interval.
The introduction of Lee Ndlovu made an immediate impact and Saints forced the breakthrough just before the hour mark when Graham headed in Walker’s fine free-kick to beat Burton at the foot of his post.
While the visitors did not offer a great goal threat they rallied and the points were not secure until the 87th minute when Walker scored Saints’ second goal with a direct free-kick, the ball whipped in low and finding the corner. Near the end Curzon’s Joe Guest was sent off for a second yellow card offence.