Southport  0-0  Brackley Town       30 March 2019

Rare goal-less encounter earns away points

With only Stockport County and Altrincham of the top nine teams winning it was pretty much as you were in the race at the top of National League North as Saints returned from Southport with a hard-earned point that may prove to bepriceless come the final reckoning in May.

It was a rare goal-less encounter for Kevin Wilkin’s side and not a game to stir the passions.  Largely fought out in midfield with few clear-cut chances at either end neither side did enough to deserve to win but both fought hard to earn their point on a dry and bumpy Haig Avenue pitch.

Cark Baker had the ball in Southport’s net from Shane Byrne’s free-kick on the half hour but it was ruled out for off-side while Jordan Archer headed over in the home side’s best chance of the first half.

Byrne’s volley was just wide, Dion Charles brought a strong save from Danny Lewis and Lee Ndlovu’s effort bounced up and onto the cross-bar in a late let-off for The SandgroundersM

Brackley Town:   Lewis; Myles, Murombedzi (G.Walker 60), Hall, Dean, Byrne, Lowe (Nti 88), Armson, Ndlovu, Baker (Fairlamb 70), A.Walker.   Subs unused: Prosser, Jackson.

Southport:   Hanford, Richards, Ogle, Platt, Astles, Parry, Morgan, Wood, Charles, Archer, Green.     Subs unused:  Davies, Homson-Smith, Winnard, Lacey, Tibbetts.

Referee: Thomas Parsons      Assistants:  Jake Tropp and Darren Brown  

Attendance:   791