Brackley Town ‘must not lose’ vital Colwyn Bay scrap

Owen Story in action on his return to Brackley Town against North Ferriby on Saturday
Owen Story in action on his return to Brackley Town against North Ferriby on Saturday

Brackley Town boss Jon Brady has branded Saturday’s vital relegation battle with Colwyn Bay a ‘must not lose’ encounter.

The Saints have slipped towards the drop zone during a run of two wins in 12 games.

I’m doing all I can to keep us up, if that’s good enough to stay, great

Brackley Town boss Jon Brady

They now sit one point above the bottom three with six games remaining.

And with Stalybridge Celtic and Gloucester City, two members of the current bottom four, having games in hand, Brady recognises the importance of this weekend’s fixture against a Colwyn side sitting directly below his team in the standings.

“We’ve had a lot of defeats but out of those setbacks we should learn how to win games,” said the Saints manager, who steered his side to a 1-1 draw against North Ferriby last Saturday. “If we don’t then we won’t make it.

“It’s important to be going to Colwyn Bay without another defeat before the game. It’s a six-pointer and one we mustn’t lose.

“I’m doing all I can to keep us up, if that’s good enough to stay, great.”

Brady last week brought Owen Story back to St James’ Park in a bid to boost the survival bid.

Story was a big hit during his time at Brackley and opted to leave Solihull Moors to return to his former club.

“Owen Story has come in and given us something better than we had,” Brady said.

“He’s made the equaliser for Greg [Kaziboni] last weekend and he went close himself.

“It’s good to have him back and once he gets match fit we’ll see the benefit.

“We couldn’t do anything about it when we lost him at the end of last season, a long with a lot of other players, and I thank my lucky stars I’ve got him back.

“Owen and Greg were excellent for us and we did well on both flanks.”

Last weekend’s draw at home to North Ferriby halted a run of four successive defeats.

And Brady is now desperate for his men to grab some momentum as they look to beat the drop.

“We’re in a relegation dog-fight,” he said. “Last Saturday, we scrapped when we had to but we also some played some good football.

“The surface was difficult but suited their style more than ours, they were more direct.

“They are a very strong side and we found it hard to get of our half in the second half.

“Any point is a good point, especially the run we’ve been on. We dug in and stayed strong.

“We’ve got to take the positives from the game and get some momentum going.”