A performance lacking in energy saw the Bucks fall to defeat
at fellow play-off chasers Brackley Town. All of the game’s goals came in the first
45 minutes, with the Bucks 3-0 down before finding a reply.
With four changes to the team that defeated Spennymoor Town
in the FA Trophy in midweek, Gavin Cowan sought to freshen up his attacking options
after a game played in sapping conditions. The manager refused to blame
tiredness for the result, but from early on the Bucks were spending a lot of
time on the back foot, as Brackley took advantage of their lethargy.
A dangerous Glenn Walker free-kick was glanced over the bar on
7 minutes, the closest either team went to a goal in the early stages. Just
past the half-way stage of the half, the hosts forged ahead. Matt Lowe caused
the Bucks problems all afternoon with his direct surging runs down the right,
and from one of those his low pull-back was turned home by James Armson.
The Bucks had a couple of free-kick opportunities, Brendon
Daniels firing one over the bar and then wide of the far post, inviting a touch
that no Bucks player could apply. On 40 minutes, Brackley extended their lead,
as another Lowe run and cross located Lee Ndlovu at the back post, and he
nodded in from close range. Just three minutes later the lead extended to three
goals; with the Bucks caught napping, Brackley fed Carl Baker and the
midfielder drew Joe Bursik from his net before rounding him and rolling the
The Bucks needed a response, and got one almost immediately,
as a move down the left resulted in Marcus Dinanga being credited with a goal,
although some felt the ball had been poked home past Danny Lewis by one of his
Cowan took Daniels off at the break, to stiffen the back
line with the returning Theo Streete, but the damage had been done, and the
Bucks could make no inroads into Brackley’s advantage in the second half. The
closest they came was a Jon Royle piledriver that Lewis turned over his bar,
whilst at the other end Joe Bursik produced a number of fine saves; he twice
denied Lowe, standing up as the Brackley man got behind the Bucks defence. The
game meandered to a conclusion, and a deserved win for the home side.Brackley Town: Lewis,
Myles, G.Walker, Byrne, Hall, Dean (c), Lowe (Nti 90+3), Armson, Ndlovu, Baker
(Fairlamb 88), A.Walker.
Unused Substitutes: Stirling-James, Jackson, Jeffers.
Scorers: Armson (23), Ndlovu (40), Baker (43).