Saints Really Don't Want To Be Play-Off Sinners Again

If one set of fans are not going to get over-excited about hitting top spot on Saturday, it’s those who follow Brackley Town.

One way or another, every year since 2018 the Saints have just failed to get over the promotion line.

Their fans despise the play-offs and with good reason. Five gut-wrenching defeats will do that to you, but of course there’s one quite obvious solution to their problem.

Manager Gavin Cowan knows how much it would mean to go up this time but it’s not quite as easy as putting in a change for the championship.They’ve made a good start and overtook Scunthorpe United by defeating Warrington Town 2-0 on Saturday.

Two Danny Newton goals were enough and they are the only unbeaten side left in the National League North and the manager says so far, so good.

“I think we’ve got to remember that yes we are Brackley and we have high expectations, but teams just aren’t going to lie down for us. They are going to make things difficult as opposed to going all guns blazing,” he told the club’s video player.

“It was a real compliment from a Warrington perspective that they came and played the way that they did.

“But it’s an elite mentality from my players. They deserve all the credit. They’ve got to go out there and do it, and it’s not just about the players who played either - it’s a squad togetherness.

“We’re still a new team - I’m not trying to play anything down at all - but we have ten new players and we’re still developing.

“We’re still not at our best yet. We’re only seven games in. We need to keep focusing on ourselves, keep putting in the performances and working towards our strengths. If we do that we’re going to be really competitive and a challenge for everyone.

Now faces tests on the road at King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday before a trip to Scarborough on Saturday.

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