Brackley Town  2-2  Chester       3/11/18

Added time strike stuns Saints

Chester got out of jail with Daniel Mooney’s wonder strike deep in added time to leave St James Park with a point few would argue the performance had warranted.  But Brackley will know that they have only themselves to blame having passed up chances to have won the game well before the added time denouement.

A tight first half of few chances saw the home side go closest in just the second minute as Lee Ndlovu’s shot was well saved at full stretch by Grant Shelton.  The goal-less first period gave way to a lively second half as three goals in nine minutes heralded a pulsating final half hour.

Connor Franklin fired Brackley into the lead on 50 minutes after Grant Shenton saved well from Ndlovu’s header.  But Chester levelled as Mooney struck a fierce effort from 20 yards beyond Danny Lewis’ despairing dive.  On 59 minutes Saints were in front again.  Matt Lowe’s mazy run found Shane Byrne who coolly finished the move for the midfielder’s third goal of the week.

Brackley had fine chances to extend the lead as Byrne and then Jimmy Armson were off target when well placed before an explosive finish to the match.  In the fourth minute of added time Mooney swivelled on the edge of the penalty area to hit the volley cleanly, his shot dipping under the crossbar to the delight of Chester supporters who headed home with a point that had seemed out of reach.

 

Brackley Town:   Lewis, Murombedzi, Franklin (Fairlamb 68), Byrne, Hall, Dean, G.Walker, Armson (Nti 90+1), Ndlovu, Lowe (Myles 89), A.Walker.    Subs unused:  Jeffers, Noon.

Chester:   Shenton, Moran, Grand, Roberts, Livesey, Howson (Dominic Smalley 83), Mooney, Stopforth, Dieseruvwe (Jordan 87), Dudley (Pritchard 78), Mahon.    Subs unused:  Deane Smalley, Murray).

 

Referee:  Aaron Bannister            Assistants:  Jamie Rhodes and David Holbrook

Attendance:   650