Following a late equaliser and a win on penalties, Brackley Town secured The Buildbase FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 20 May 2018.
It took a dramatic 95th minute equaliser from Brackley Town captain Gareth Dean to save them from the brink of defeat, but Brackley Town came through victorious in the penalty shootout.
The higher ranked, National League side caught Brackley Town off guard after 19 minutes as Omar Bugiel found the back of the net with a powerful, driven effort from the left-hand side of the box.
However, Brackley Town showed just why they had progressed to the final, as a dominant second-half display saw them create plenty of chances.
James Armson almost equalised straight after the start of the second half but his shot trickled just wide of the post. Armson then had another opportunity on the 60th minute as a goalmouth scramble saw him strike the goalpost.
David Gregory made several excellent saves in the second half and it looked like it may not be Brackley Town’s day.
Despite this, Brackley kept pushing forwards and finally found their reward in the dying seconds of the game. Matt Lowe drilled a shot which again found the post, but this time fell at the feet of Gary Dean who ensured the match would go to extra-time.
PICTURED – Gareth Dean celebrates Brackley Town’s late equaliser.
After such a pulsating second half, extra-time was somewhat flat with both teams now throwing extra caution to ensure it was not their side that went behind. After 120 minutes of football, penalty kicks were needed to decide the game.
Brackley Town secured the trophy after Andy Brown scored the winning penalty, sparking scenes of jubilation for the 5,500 travelling supporters.
PICTURED – NFA Vice-Chairman Mr Anthony Major and Brackley Town Secretary Mr Pat Ashby pose with The FA Trophy.
The Northamptonshire FA would like to congratulate all involved at Brackley Town for this fantastic result and hope they all enjoy celebrating such an amazing achievement.