The Big Preview - Brackley

by Hal Boxhall-Dockree
19 April 2017

 The Big Preview - Brackley


Harrogate Town host Brackley on Saturday afternoon in the final home game of the 2016/17 season.


No National League North team’s ground has seen more league goals this season than The CNG Stadium with a huge 79 goals having been scored in 20 games.

Town fans have witnessed a total of 14 wins in all competitions at Wetherby Road this campaign, including a total of 62 goals from Simon Weaver’s side.

Brackley are the final side to make the journey to Harrogate, and bring with them the league’s second best away record; only AFC Fylde have collected more points away from home.

The Saints still have a slim chance of a play-off place, but would need a fourth straight away win, and other results to go their way, to stand any chance of extending their season into May.

Kevin Wilkin’s men won the last meeting between the sides 2-1 in November, but all five of the last meetings have ended in home wins.

Saturday’s defeat to Halifax was the first time Town have failed to score at home this calendar year, though only Kidderminster and Chorley have conceded less goals than Brackley; making Saturday’s opposition another tough defence to crack.

Only two sides have scored more home goals than Town this season, though The Saints approach the fixture unbeaten in seven.

Liam Agnew and Andi Thanoj both missed the Halifax match through injury, but both have a chance of returning in time for Saturday, while Simon Ainge’s injury that forced an early exit against The Shaymen will have healed in time to feature.

Lewis Turner, Dominic Knowles, Louie Swain and Lloyd Kerry all remain side-lined, though Joe Colbeck could make his 40th start of the season.