Tranmere Rovers under Kaiyne Woolery scored in 66. Minute the only goal of a hard-fought draw in an almost deserted Prenton Park.
He had only been on the field for seven minutes when he rolled a shot from the left side of the penalty area at the far post.
In a game with very few clear chances, Brackley’s best chance had come just three minutes from goal.
The ball fell invitingly for midfielder Shep Murombedzi, who was about 10 yards away, but he shot just wide of the target.
Brackley, who was impressed in the match, broadcast live on BBC2 against the nation, could more than assert himself and limited his hosts – 57 places above them in the pyramid – to only a few half-chances.
But a failure to test goalkeeper Scott Davies ultimately cost them a try at club history.
Brackley boss Kevin Wilkin chose an attacking team for his team’s third FA Cup game in the second round.
Lee Ndlovu and Tre Mitford were up in a 4-4-2 formation with James Armson – Brackley’s FA Cup hat-trick hero against Gillingham in 2016 – and Matt Lowe who provided the breadth.
In goal, Danny Lewis was called back after recovering from a groin injury, which meant Ali Morby – hero of Bishop’s Stortford’s first-round shoot-out win – was on the bench.
Right-back Reiss McNally, 20, on loan from Solihull Moors, made his debut, while Brackley made his debut without influential midfielder Glenn Walker, a « massive » defeat, according to Wilkin.
Tranmere, whose new boss Keith Hill took over his second game, went into the game after six wins in a row – four in the second division, one in the FA Cup and a penalty shootout against Wigan in the EFL Trophy.
But it was Brackley who looked livelier in the early stages when Ndlovu forced the first corner of the game with a deflected shot after seven minutes.
Mitford shot well past the goal before the same player shot in from the left and shot a shot with his left foot from the edge of the area.
Rovers right back Calum McDonald shot from 20 yards before sending a cross that sent James Vaughan an overhead kick wide over the bar.
Armson stepped in from the left and tried to get a look at the gate before his shot was blocked as the visitors kept their good start.
Shep Murombenzi took a low shot from just outside the box at Brackley before Lewis was asked to make the first score after 30 minutes – to easily score a Feeney shot.
Tranmere enjoyed the lion’s share of possession over the course of the half and passed it well on occasion but never really hurt Brackley.
After the restart, it took almost 15 minutes for a shot on goal to be fired – ex-Everton striker Vaughan turned and shot well over the goal.
Rovers boss Hill made a double change in 59 minutes bringing in Woolery and Paul Lewis.
And it had the desired effect when Woolery rolled home shortly after Murombedzi shot far from close range.
Kieron Morris saw a 20-yard shot that was deflected wide before Vaughan missed completely on the right flank just six yards from Woolery’s cross.
Woolery then saw a shot that was deflected for a corner as Rovers had little trouble seeing the closing stages without major alarm.
Brackley may have failed his history-writing offer, but they got 35. Pound 000 deposited because the tie was shown live on BBC2 and they have 8. Earned 500 pounds as the second round loser.
Tranmere: S. Davies, Ridehalgh, McDonald, Monthe, Clarke, Morris, Spearing, Blackett-Taylor (Lloyd, 81), Vaughan, Khan (P.. Lewis, 59), Feeney (Woolery, 59).
Brackley: Lewis, McNally, Franklin (Chambers, 76), Coleman (Flowers, 90), Dean, Byrne, Lowe, Murombedzi, Ndlovu, Mitford (York, 70), Armson.
Tranmere Rovers F. . C.. . , FA Cup, Brackley Town F. . C.. . , Kaiyne Woolery, EFL League Two, National League
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