Harrogate Town 1-2 Brackley Town Sat 22 April 2017
Fine away form notches further victory
Brackley’s unbeaten run stretched to 8 games with a deserved win on the new artificial surface at Harrogate Town. Saints will finish the season with only champions AFC Fylde bettering their away record.
Jimmy Armson made the break-through in the first half hammering the ball into the net for his 23rd strike of the season after Glenn Walker’s deflected cross was not cleared to give his side a 39th minute lead.
Armson and Lee Ndlovu had spurned chances to put the visitors ahead, shooting narrowly wide, while Jack Emmett fired over when well placed for Harrogate in an open first half that was delayed due to a head injury to Luke Graham.
Alex Gudger headed his 7th goal of the season from a carefully worked corner to double Saints’ lead in the 50th minute and the visitors missed a chance to go further ahead after an excellent passage of play set up Ndlovu whose shot was too high.
Joe Leesley’s well struck free-kick narrowed the deficit on the hour but the Brackley defence was rarely troubled ending comfortable winners.
With results elsewhere finally ruling out the remaining slim hope of a play-off place, the side will go into the season’s final game on Saturday against relegated Stalybridge Celtic still with the chance to claim 7th place and to finish strong in front of home supporters at St James Park.
Brackley Town: L.Walker, Myles, Gudger, Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker, Armson (Lowe 86), Ndlovu (Diggin 81), Moyo, A.Walker. Subs not used: Gough, Clifton, Hempenstall.
Harrogate Town: Crook, Turner (Ainge 60), Parker, Burrell, Platt, Ellis, Colbeck (King 81), Agnew, Day (Pittman 65), Emmett, Leesley. Subs not used: Lees, Elliott.
Referee: Glen Hart Assistants: Chris Ellis and Michael Andrews