Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division
HIghworth Town 1 Brackley Saints 0
The Saints traveled to Highworth boosted by the 4-0 midweek cup victory over Woodstock looking to end Highworths run of 8 undefeated home games.
In a very close first half the saints played the more attractive football, however it was Highworth playing a more direct style down the slope who posed more of a threat but they created few problems for the Saints defence. The defining moment of the first half came via an error in midfield allowing Highworth to break into the box where Ryan Stanners tapped in from close range on 18 mins.
Highworth created several chances without troubling Farrell in the Saints goal with a shot from distance directly at him on 35 mins and another flying well wide on 39 mins. Wynne had a shot on 33 mins straight at the Highworth keeper and again on 44 mins when the Highworth keeper smothered the danger. Other limited attempts from fee kicks were unable to really test Kauppinen in the Highworth goal.
Half Time Highworth 1 Saints 0
The Saints took the game again to Highworth in the second half and even when Highworth were reduced to 10 men on 60 mins the guile and experience in the Highworth defence denied the Saints any clear opportunity in front of goal.
Baldwins shot from distance on 57 mins going over, Wynnes driven cross on 67 mins by passed the oncoming Saints forwards, then a free kick from Baldwin easily collected by the Highworth Keeper on 75mins. James Watt who came on towards the end of the game closest when a blistering drive from distance went narrowly over.
Both keepers were relatively untroubled for the whole of the second half with Farrell in particular once again a spectator as Highworth fell further and further back, reminiscent of the Woodstock game midweek. Highworth resorting to booming balls down the flanks just to relieve the pressure and hold onto the slender lead they had.
Massed Highworth defensive racks and maybe a lack of invention in the final third and in front of goal left Saints frustrated and denied them a share of the points they deserved. The Saints are certainly more secure in defence but 10 goals so far this season leaves them as the league’s lowest scorers.