After three successive games on the road for The Lions they are back at Nethermoor Park on Saturday for the visit of Brackley Town in a game which will be played behind closed doors but with a FREE livestream on YouTube.
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The Lions ended the three away game run with a 2-0 win at Spennymoor Town on Tuesday night when Andy Kellett and Gabriel Johnson struck in each half to seal the first victory since the opening night of the league campaign.
Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill’s men have eight points from their opening eight games with wins over Blyth Spartans and Spennymoor, draws against Boston United and Kettering Town with defeats to Hereford, Darlington, Gloucester City and AFC Telford United.
A season interrupted by stoppages because of Covid-19 has delivered a successful Emirates FA Cup run for Brackley Town who exited the competition on Friday night with a 1-0 defeat at Tranmere’s Prenton Park.
They sit in 20th place in the league, one spot behind The Lions, with the same points from the same amount of games, they have one win to their name so far in the league with a 2-0 victory at Alfreton last month with draws against Curzon Ashton, York City, Gateshead, Chester and on Tuesday night at Leamington.
The Saints name two former Lions in their squad with Reiss McNally, who signed on Friday, joining Harry Flowers at the St James Park based side.
Speaking after Tuesday night’s win Joint Manager Marcus Bignot said “I am very pleased, we have been building to this performance in recent games, it all came together tonight. I am delighted with the performance in terms of the way we went about our play. Really pleased for the boys, their confidence could have been knocked but it wasn’t.”
“We are a very young and youthful side, we were putting together a really good squad last season and we had momentum before the season was cut short. Covid has had an impact on finances and we lost some players we didn’t want to lose and Andrai was one of them, if we have kept those players together with the new players we would have had a really useful squad. Andrai coming back is much needed and it was good to have to the opportunity to get him.”
Bignot joked “I keep praising Dave (Currie) but I am going to have a go at him know, he has got to make these youth players a little bit harder, two of them coming off so we’ll have a look into that!”
“Coming into the first team, the physical part, the intensity and the way we play is completely different to academy football and this period of game after game, after game will take its toll. Did Adam (Haw) deserve to start against Telford? Most definitely but you can see the reasons why we are trying to protect them.”
“I watched Brackley against Tranmere and they were excellent, they have seasoned pros at this level and they know their way around, they are always there or thereabouts. It is going to be another step up and another challenge, bring it on! We’re excited for it and embracing it we are at the wrong end of the table but we know what it is and we’re taking it head on.”