Wilkin says Saints must be ready to battle it out

Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin know his side face a tough festive period
Brackley Town manager Kevin Wilkin know his side face a tough festive period

Brackley Town boss Kevin Wilkin knows the next three games are pivotal in his side’s bid to climb up the Vanarama National League North table.

Saints entertain struggling Corby Town on Boxing Day before a quick return at Steel Park either side of a trip to Worcester City. Saints go into the game on the back of Saturday’s late defeat at Harrogate Town where they did enough to have got at least a point.

Corby are in a similar position so my players will have to show their battling qualities

Saints boss Kevin Wilkin

Saints have dropped to sixth from bottom, two points better off than second-from-bottom Corby. But only five points separate the lowest nine teams so the festive period could prove crucial for all those involved down there.

Wilkin said: “Corby are in a similar position to ourselves so my players will have to show their battling qualities to get the right result.

“We should have got something at Harrogate and it was very disappointing to lose so late on. But we must improve the way we defend corners, especially so late in the game.

“We controlled the first half and kept a big crowd quiet. We played some good stuff and should have been ahead at the break.

“We had several chances, Steve Diggin headed against the post, Glenn Walker was denied by a last-ditch challenge and it was a stonewall penalty when Tom Winters was brought down.”