Brackley Town slumped to a fourth straight Vanarama Conference North defeat as they were thumped 5-0 by Oxford City in Saturday’s derby at St James Park where Adi Yussuf completed a hat-trick.
City followed up last Saturday’s win against Tamworth, ending The Lambs’ extraordinary 12 game winning streak, with a comprehensive victory despite losing their keeper to a red card for the third successive game.
Mark Scott was sent off in the 39th minute with Declan Benjamin again taking the keeper’s jersey in the first of two red cards, Saints’ Dwayne Samuels seeing red midway through the second half. Both decisions seemed harsh on an afternoon of debatable judgements.
Top scorer Yussuf gave City a deserved early lead touching in Marlon Jackson’s low shot after the visitors started the game on the front foot immediately pressing Saints back. Captain Darren Pond and Lee Henderson both went close to adding to the lead as Saints struggled to find an attacking edge in a one-sided first half.
After the break against ten men Saints briefly threatened a fight-back as Will Green hit the bar and David Moyo’s effort was blocked. But City’s superiority brought a 66th minute goal with Pond finishing smartly after a fine exchange of passing.
Saints rarely tested Benjamin though Green forced a save before the visitors asserted their dominance to romp to a convincing victory. Former fans’ favourite Tom Winters came off the bench to add the third with a trade-mark free-kick, then set up Yussuf who completed his hat-trick in added-time to cap a miserable day for the home side.