Brackley Town 0-0 Tamworth    Tues 5 Sept 2017

Saints are table-toppers after draw

There was little to separate the two sides as Tamworth earned a hard fought point in a game that was at times end-to-end yet lacked clear cut goal action. Brackley’s point sent them to top spot in the league table ahead of Saturday’s visit to third-placed Salford City who won at Harrogate as they dropped to second.

The visitors started well and Reece Styche’s 20 yard effort brought a save at full stretch from Danny Lewis before Saints produced a period of mounting pressure that Tamworth defended strongly.

The second half was again tightly contested with the few chances falling to the home side. A fine saving tackle by Jack Lane denied Matt Lowe, Shane Byrne’s low drive was pushed away for a corner before arguably the two best chances came in added time. Both involved Adam Walker. First Walker’s fierce shot into a crowded penalty area was diverted by substitute Steve Diggin, the ball flashing wide, before Walker fired over as a loose ball fell for him.

“It was a strong performance and sometimes you have to scrap and battle,” said Kevin Wilkin. “But to win the game you have to stick away the half chances when the key moments come. It is disappointing to drop points and we did create the better chances but not a lot were clear cut. It is not a bad point and it takes us into Saturday’s game.”

 

Brackley Town: Lewis, Myles, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham (Franklin 70), Dean, G.Walker, Lowe, Ndlovu (Diggin 85), A.Williams (Brown 70), A.Walker.   Subs not used: Tilney, J.Byrne.

Tamworth:   Rowley, Burns, Morley, Deeney, Upton, Lane, Powell (Taylor 70), Verma, Styche (Reid 83), Curley, Shaw.    Subs not used: Jezeph, Pegg, Walters.

Referee: Lloyd Wood       Assistants: Wayne Chambers and Alex Rayment

Attendance:   430