Brackley Town have ‘three cup finals’ to save their season

Brackley Town boss Jon Brady
Brackley Town boss Jon Brady

Brackley Town boss Jon Brady says his side have three cup finals to save their season – and their Vanarama Conference North status - ahead of Saturday’s tough test with leaders Barrow.

But Brady has more selection problems for the important game.

Goalkeeper Billy Turley is a doubt with a leg injury which prevented the veteran keeper from taking goal-kicks in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Worcester City,

Experienced centre-back Frank Sinclair looks unlikely to have recovered in time and Roddy Coddins is struggling with a hamstring problem while Will Green missed the Worcester game with a virus.

Dwayne Samuels is suspended until the end of the season but Tom Sharpe’s one-match suspension will come at Hyde the following week so it means Brady will be forced into more changes.

He said: “I still believe we can get out of it, we’ve just got to focus on the last three games now, three cup finals.

“We’re one point from safety but it’s between ourselves, Stalybridge Celtic, Leamington and Colwyn Bay.

“Barrow have got AFC Fylde breathing down their necks so they’re not over the line yet.

“They will be under pressure to get three points on Saturday and so will we but for contrasting reasons.

“We’ve been okay at home this season so we’ve just got to make sure it’s our day on Saturday.

“We will need to impose ourselves on Barrow from the start.

“I’d love to have Frank [Sinclair] back but I don’t think he will recover in time.

“Billy [Turley] was basically playing on one leg at Worcester.”

The game at Worcester in midweek was to have a heartbreaking conclusion for the Saints, who conceded in injury time to surrender two of the three points on offer.

Greg Kaziboni had given the away side the lead with a brilliant dipping drive, but Mike Symons blasted the ball home three minutes into added time to level things up.

“We have to take the positives out of it again,” said Brady. “It was disappointing to concede such a late equaliser but it’s a good point.

“Teams have found it 
tough to get something at Worcester, even Scunthorpe struggled there in their FA Cup replay.

“It’s a tough place to go and we can do is consider it another point gained.”