Obi Anoruo, Gannon’s first signing during his third spell in charge of the club, bundled in the solitary goal in what was a topsy turvy match at St James’ Park as County held on for an important victory with 10 men.
The build up to the game was subdued and cautious, County fans were wary that their team was not far from the dreaded relegation zone, and the general feeling was that if we failed to collect any points in Northamptonshire, we may be in for a serious relegation scrap.
County’s build up to the game was disrupted by our near-neighbours Manchester United. Such is the nature of their current plight, that our on-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson, was recalled last minute following an injury to their David De Gea on Thursday night in the Europa League. Up stepped our Ian Ormson, who went on to keep an important clean sheet for the Hatters, with the help of his defence.
Our strikers, for their part, did the job. Our goal may not have been easy on the eye, but Anoruo’s effort did the job and meant that for the first time in months, County had a lead to defend.
Defend they did, and in what was an ugly, frantic and desperate performance at times, a clean sheet was kept intact despite a second yellow for Lewis Montrose, and County supporters and players alike can take the long trip north in good spirits.
Brackley 0-1 County (Anoruo, 39)
Starting XI: Ormson, Connolly, Roberts, O’Hanlon, Smalley, Ledsham, Marsden, Montrose, Menagh, Brodie, Anoruo
Subs: Odejayi, Russell, Tonge.