Brackley Town 0-0 Gainsborough Trinity Mon 17 April 2017
Saints draw a home blank
A third successive goal-less home game offered tension and frustration but few thrills and little excitement to brighten a drab Bank Holiday afternoon. Brackley extended their unbeaten run to seven games but that was scant consolation as further precious points slipped away. Relegation-threatened Gainsborough stuck to their game plan, frustrated Brackley and departed with a valuable point in their battle to escape the drop.
The seven-to-nil corner count told the story of the first period as Brackley dominated possession with Trinity rarely breaking out of their half. Two close range efforts by Glenn Walker and Steve Diggin were blocked after good work by Matt Lowe, Shane Byrne’s 25 yard shot was tipped over by keeper Tom Nicholson and Alex Gudger and Luke Graham headed wide from corners as Saints sought the break-through. The visitors’ sole goal attempt came on the stroke of half-time when captain Nathan Jarman’s fine control allowed him to shoot, firing just wide.
A stop-start second half never got going and, despite desperate endeavours by both sides and 7 minutes of added time, the contest meandered to its sterile conclusion. Glenn Walker’s shot was saved low down by Nicholson, substitute David Pitt fired over from a tight angle and neither Alex Gudger nor Lee Ndlovu could capitalise on opportunities while Trinity had the ball in the Brackley net but it was rightly ruled out for off-side.
Brackley will complete the season with next Saturday’s trip to Harrogate Town and a final home game against Stalybridge Celtic.
Brackley Town: L.Walker, Myles, Gudger, Byrne, Graham (Moyo 80), Dean, G.Walker, Lowe, Ndlovu (Pitt 75), Diggin (Hempenstall 61), A.Walker. Subs not used: Gough, Clifton.
Gainsborough Trinity: Nicholson, Lacey, Beaston, Nyoni, Jacklin, Salt, McGovern (Wiles 75), Chippendale, Chilaka (Thewlis 58), Jarman (Worsfold 58), Davie. Subs not used: Wilson, Willis.
Referee: Matthew Donohue Assistants: Alex Gray and Ioannis Christodoulou