Darlington  1-1  Brackley Town      29 Feb 2020

Saints earn hard-fought away point

Neither side fully got into their stride in a well contested game in which the strong wind was a factor.  Simeon Maye's first Brackley goal earned the draw after Saints fell behind to a late first half penalty.

“It’s a fair result today,” Kevin Wilkin said. “Both sides tried their hardest in difficult conditions.  It’s not a bad point at the end of the day.  We came out second half with a bit more quality and purpose and certainly deserved something from the game.  We kept going and I’m delighted for Sim to come on and finish in the way he did.”

There were few clear cut chances but Darlington tested Danny Lewis through Jarrett Rivers’ low shot bringing a fine save to his right by Saints’ keeper before the home side went ahead through a 41st minute penalty.  The penalty award felt harsh but Adam Campbell found the net decisively to send The Quakers into the break with a narrow lead.

Both sides brought the opposing keepers into action in a tight second half.  Simeon May’s appearance from the bench was immediately rewarded as Saints’ sub smashed the ball past Chris Elliott as it broke after a driving run by Matt Lowe to bring the sides level with 78 minutes played.

Both sides pushed for a winner.  Lee Ndlovu created a chance before firing into the side netting and Darlington put Brackley’s defence under late pressure with a series of corners and free-kicks but in the end the points were shared.

Brackley Town:   Lewis, Myles, Franklin, Byrne, Audel, Dean, Lowe, Murombedzi, Ndlovu, Holman (Maye 75), Baker (Armson 67).    Subs unused: Daire, Smith, Langmead.

Darlington:  Elliott, Hedley, Liddle, Wheatley, Laing, Storey, Rivers (Thompson 77), Hatfield, Campbell, Holness (Reid 86), Donawa.   Subs unused:   Watson, Martin, Atkinson.

Referee:  Richard Aspinall             Assistants:  James Bancroft and Darius Bradley

Attendance:    1183