Brackley Town 0-0 Boston United Sat 1 April 2017
Defences are nobody’s fools
Nobody was laughing at St James Park after a goal-less April Fool’s Day draw failed to ignite despite plenty of energy and effort.
The game started brightly but produced few thrills as defences were largely on top. Brackley enjoyed the better of the first period as the visitors rarely threatened. Shane Byrne fired in a 20 yard effort that grazed the cross-bar in just the 3rd minute and it was Byrne again on the stroke of half-time whose well placed shot was tipped over by a flying save by Ross Durrant.
Brackley were slow to get into their stride after the break and Boston twice went close through Jack Broadhead’s shot and Nat Brown’s header. The introduction of Jimmy Armson into Brackley’s midfield got the home side going. Lee Ndlovu fired just over before Armson set up substitute David Pitt whose effort was narrowly wide.
As Brackley pushed for a late winner it was Boston who almost found it. Twice in added time Saints’ keeper Laurie Walker was called into action first getting a glove to Jay Rollins’ shot and then saving at point blank range from the head of Mani Dieseruvwe from a corner.
A frustrating afternoon ended in disappointment for Brackley who failed to convert chances and good possession into goals in a game that failed to hit the heights.
But with high-flying FC Halifax the visitors to SJP on Tuesday evening and three vital points to contest, Saints will not be licking their wounds but looking forward to another home game and further opportunity to move up the league table.
Brackley Town: L.Walker, Myles (Clifton 74), Gudger, Byrne, Gough (Pitt 73), Dean, G.Walker, Ndlovu, Barnes-Homer (Armson 49), Moyo, A.Walker. Subs not used: Diggin, Lowe.
Boston United: Durrant, Thomas, Yeomans (Robinson 46), Vince (Hilliard 61), Batchelor, Brown, Clarke, Briscoe (Simmons 49), Rollins, Dieseruvwe, Broadhead. Subs not used: Bishop, Gatter.
Referee: Chris Pollard Assistants: Oliver Morris-Sanders and Robin Cox