Alfreton Town 0-0 Brackley Town Tues 14 Feb 2017
Saints draw a blank
An all-action second half dominated by the visitors could not break the deadlock leaving the sides with a point apiece in a midweek score-less draw at Alfreton as Brackley were left still searching for a first league win of 2017. A goal tally of just four in six games tells its own story as Saints again could not convert quality possession and chances into the currency that delivers three points.
Fielding an unchanged line-up from the trip to Tamworth, Saints fought out a tight first half with the heavily sanded pitch and a resolute home side the determining factors in a scrappy affair. Lee Ndlovu set himself and fired against the crossbar from 20 yards and Jimmy Armson saw his shot saved in the two best chances of the half while Mark Shelton shot across goal in Alfreton’s only goal threat of note.
But Brackley started the second period strongly with Ellis Myles and Glenn Walker instrumental and it was immediately a different match with seemingly only one winner. Saints played some excellent football mixing patience with quick inventive passing that created numerous openings.
Adam Walker’s 47th minute shot was deflected for a corner before a delightful passing move started by the impressive Shane Byrne was thwarted as Glenn Walker’s shot was deflected onto the woodwork.
Myles reached the by-line and pulled the ball back forcing The Reds’ keeper Fabian Spiess to save bravely. David Moyo spurned a good chance before Kevin Wilkin made changes from the bench. Substitute Steve Diggin was played in by Myles but his shot was wide of the target and then Glenn Walker set up replacement Matt Lowe who fired over as the missed opportunities and the frustration mounted.
Diggin’s effort was blocked by desperate defending, Luke Graham could not connect with Alex Gudger’s header from Byrne’s free-kick and Spiess was always fearless in diving in where the boots were flying to smother danger. Three minutes of added time ran out and Brackley were left to rue missed opportunities and further dropped points.
Brackley Town: L.Walker, Myles, Gudger, Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker, Armson (Lowe 73), Ndlovu (Bowen 80), Moyo (Diggin 68), A.Walker. Subs not used: Clifton, Gough.
Alfreton: Spiess, Richards, Heaton, Kennedy, McGowan, Nyoni (Jordan 65), Monkhouse, Westcarr (Priestley 49), Clayton (Hearn 73), Shelton, Allan. Subs not used: Smith, Gascoigne.
Referee: Ricky Wootton Assistants: Jonathon Bickerdike and Paul Tomes