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Recap: Brackley 0-2 Harriers

Recap of the action from Brackley Town…



Ashley Hemmings in the win over Brackley in November 2020 [Pic (c) Paul Hickey]

HARRIERS netted twice in the first half to pick up a 2-0 win at Brackley Town on Tuesday night.

Having picked up wins at grounds that rarely yielded much for them in the past in the form of Darlington and Chorley, the biggest test of all in that regard awaited at St James’ Park. There, Harriers had played four games and lost every one – without so much as scoring from open play.

The team applied themselves to the task from the off on Tuesday and quickly ticked one of the jobs off the To Do list with the first goal on six minutes; a teasing, threatening ball by Penny met by the torpedo of Amari Morgan-Smith who tidied it home for his first goal of the season.

It wasn’t a night of total domination for Russ Penn’s men by any means, and they had to be on their guard against Ndlovu who hit wide on 12 minutes and Lowe who had a shot blocked near the half-hour.

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Four minutes later, what ultimately proved to be the decisive goal arrived. Again the speed was there; a swift break away from Omari Sterling and Caleb Richards providing the ammunition at pace, the latter supplying Sam Austin who took a touch before firing beyond the goalkeeper.

With the job half done, Brackley were always going to turn up the pressure in the second 45 and that was very much the case, striking the underside of the bar through Ndlovu as he took a touch in the area and thundered an effort off the frame of Simpson’s goal.

Simpson did well to thwart the hosts with crucial blocks and saves, turning Coleman’s angled effort aside on 72 minutes before, seconds later, being left laying after throwing all he had to keep the ball out alongside his defenders.

That was essentially the theme for much of the remaining third of the game, though through the likes of Hemmings and Austin, Harriers always remained a threat on the break.

All told, Russ Penn’s men saw out an important win with minimum fuss, giving them a happy journey home from Brackley for the first time.


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