Wilkin seeking some consistency for Brackley Town

The Saints are back at home again this weekend and looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat

Kevin Wilkin
Kevin Wilkin

Brackley Town take on Chester at St James Park tomorrow (Saturday) with Kevin Wilkin striving to find some consistency.

The Saints suffered their second defeat of the Vanarama National League North campaign as they were beaten 2-0 at home by Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday night.

That came just three days after Wilkin’s team had produced a superb late fightback to draw 2-2 at Gateshead with Tre Mitford and Lee Ndlovu on target after they had trailed 2-0.

But the manager knows his team are yet to hit the heights that propelled them to the play-offs last season and things aren’t about to get any easier against one of the league’s big hitters this weekend.

“We have not found the consistency that we have shown over the previous seasons yet,” Wilkin said.

“I think it’s a combination of factors. There are players not reaching their levels that they have previously reached and we have had some injuries to deal with.

“But we have been far from convincing at home and the surface hasn’t played as well as we would have liked.

“We are set up to pass the ball and control the play and we haven’t been able to do that as much as we would like.

“Kidderminster got right in our faces early on and didn’t let us settle. They started the game far better than we did and took the lead.

“We have been good at keeping hold of leads in matches ourselves in the past and Kidderminster did exactly what we have been used to doing to teams.

“There are numerous factors as to why we haven’t found the consistency and these are the challenges you face sometimes.

“There are no givens in this league. It’s always tough and Chester are a massive club and they have come here before and got results. But we will be looking for a response.

“We have got one or two who haven’t been on their game and these are powerful outfits that we are coming up against and as soon as you drop your guard or get a bit relaxed then you will have long nights like we had on Tuesday.”

Brackley’s clash with Chester will then be followed by a free midweek ahead of their big FA Cup second-round clash at Sky Bet League Two side Tranmere Rovers, which will be broadcast live on BBC Two next Friday night (7.55pm kick-off).