Super Saints are up to third in the table

Brackley Town are up to third in Vanarama National League North.

Sunday, 15th March 2020, 11:17 am
Updated Sunday, 15th March 2020, 11:20 am
Brackley Town boss Kevin Wilkin saw his side move up to third in the table

With most sporting events across the country off under lockdown, Saturday's game at Alfreton Town survived a mid-morning pitch inspection and was one of a very few matches that went ahead.

Saints put in a superb performance to win 4-2 ahead of what looks likely to be an extended break for the emerging health emergency. Lee Ndlovu’s 20th goal of the season and another from Matt Lowe added to first half goals from Wes York and Jimmy Armson to give Saints an unassailable lead despite Alfreton scoring two very late goals.

Saints almost took the lead as Alfreton keeper Jordan Wright pulled off a remarkable save to deny Ndlovu after fine work by Wes York but in the 15th minute York found the net to put his side ahead. A neat interchange of passes between York and Armson put York clear and he calmly passed the ball past Wright to find the corner of the goal.

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The lead was doubled through Armson’s penalty on the half-hour mark after Ndlovu was pulled down at a corner-kick.

After the break Saints piled on the pressure carving the Alfreton defence apart at will. Three times York was denied in the opening minutes of the second half before Lowe stroked the ball into the goal after fine set-up play by York.

Saints had further chances to increase the lead before Ndlovu finished clinically set up by Ellis Myles to produce a 4-0 score-line. That was dented as Alfreton grabbed a goal back with an 88th penalty converted by Bobby Johnson and an added-time own goal but the destination of the three points was never in doubt as Saints put in a polished performance to take them into the expected enforced break in good heart.

“The players were excellent today from start to finish,” said boss Kevin Wilkin.

“We limited their opportunities, all of the four front players got a goal and to a man we were right on it. We put four goals on the board away from home and we’ll take that.”