Brackley Town 1-1 Blyth Spartans 10/11/18
“Not as our best” - Wilkin
A poor first half in which neither side could muster any cohesion to their play at least ended with some excitement for the spectators. In added time Sean Reid’s cross flashed across goal in a warning to Saints and Blyth keeper Peter Jameson had to save well from Glenn Walker’s fine free-kick.
The second half was altogether much improved. Reid put the visitors in front after 68 minutes with a header planted beyond Danny Lewis direct from Kieran Green’s corner.
Matt Lowe’s effort was wide and Glenn Walker’s deflected shot was saved. At the other end Dan Maguire’s shot hit the post.
With time running out for Brackley, Lee Ndlovu was put through on goal by Jimmy Armson’s measured pass but the striker only found the cross-bar in a let-off for Blyth.
Within minutes however Saints were level, Matt Lowe’s 83rd minute shot slotted past Jameson, neatly set up by Armson.
What should have been a grand finale failed to materialise although the home side twice went close as when Ndlovu was inches from connecting with a cross. The draw was the right result on a day when neither side were at their best and both deserved to take something from a hard fought game.
“We struggled to find an edge to our game today,” Kevin Wilkin said. “It was 75 minutes before we really got going and started to move the ball as we can. There were some strong performances out there but equally some indifferent ones also. So we struggled to find that bit of purpose in our play. We got back in it with a good goal, had to do better than hit the cross-bar from a good chance and had the better chances albeit they came late. It was all a little bit flat today and we weren’t at our best for sure. We still worked hard to create chances, we battled back after falling behind and we got a point from the game. A draw was a fair result overall as we largely cancelled each other out. What is pleasing is to come back from being behind and to get something on a day when we haven’t been as imposing as we can be.”
Brackley Town: Lewis, Murombedzi (Myles 60), G.Walker, Byrne, Hall (Franklin 46), Dean, Fairlamb, Armson, Ndlovu, Lowe, A.Walker (Nti 73). Subs unused: Jeffers, Noon.
Blyth Spartans: Jameson, J.Watson, Liddle, Oliver (Green 64), Buddle (Cunningham 41), Laing, Horner (I.Watson 87), Mullen, Maguire, Reid, Dale. Subs unused: Fewster, Skirpan.
Referee: Sam Mulhall Assistants: Ryan Williams and Richie Watkins