At a cold and breezy St Janes Park Celtic made a bright start in their attempt to claim a first win against Brackley.
On 8 minutes a lovely cross field ball from Dixon released Chippendale on the left. His ball into the box was controlled by Farrell with his back to goal. Hesitant defending allowed Farrell to turn and rifle a shot in of the underside of the bar. Brackley had plenty of possession but despite a succession of corners rarely threatened although David Moyo headed over when well placed and Tony McMillan denied the same player blocking the ball with his knees as the tall striker broke clear.
Brackley came out fired up after the break and this time Moyo got the better of McMillan rounding the keeper and slotting in to the empty net. A second goal inside the first 5 minutes of the half saw Brackley take the lead. A corner was half cleared to Diggin. His first effort was blocked but he fired home the rebound through a crowd of players.
Celtic were soon level as from a corner Jack Higgins crashed a header beyond the reach of Hornby in the Brackley goal. On 68 minutes a long ball allowed Chris Simm to get beyond the defence. Luke Graham made a desperate grab and succeeded in bring Simm down the box. The excellent referee Mr D'Aguillar pointed to the spot before checking with his assistant that it was a clear goal scoring opportunity and dismissing Graham. Bohan Dixon stepped up and calmly despatched the spot kick.
Celtic saw out the rest of the game without any real alarm to send the few Celtic fans in attendance home happy
|9||Moyo, David||> 80|
|11||Batchelor, Richard||> 84|
|12||Winters, Tom||< 84|
|16||Smith, Sam||< 80|