Brackley Town are out of the FA Cup after a 1-0 defeat by Tranmere Rovers on Merseyside.
In a second round tie picked for live TV broadcast by the BBC, the Saints’ fifth tie in this seasons FA Cup saw them hold their own against League 2 Tranmere, but ultimately a second half goal by home sub Kaiyne Woolery decided the contest in the home side’s favour.
The result means a Second Round exit for the National League North side from Northamptonshire, as they narrowly missed out on the goal of a first ever place in the FA Cup Third Round.
Brackley looked like they were facing an uphill task against a Tranmere side who had won the previous six straight matches across 3 separate tournaments, though they would have the first major chances when Lee Ndlovu’s hit was deflected wide and Tre Mitford flicked a strike wide.
Tranmere would have a lot of the ball in the latter stages of the first half, with James Vaughan seeing an overhead kick crash over the bar and Liam Feeney had a shot blocked, along with lots of possession.
Shep Murombenzi saw a low left-footer just ping wide, before Feeney had a shot saved by Danny Lewis.
There were few chances in the second half, but changes by Tranmere manager Keith Hill would do the trick when the home side went a goal ahead with just over 20 minutes to go.
Shortly after Murombedzi fired wide for Brackley, Tranmere would strike the game’s opening goal when Woolery saw a drive curl to the back of the net via the post.
Tranmere would have more chances in the final stages after that, but were unable to breakthrough. However, one would ultimately be enough to win the game in the home side’s favour and end Brackley’s attempts to progress.