Alfreton Town 1-1 Brackley Town
Saints earn away draw on the wettest of nights
Both teams and the groundsman deserved acclaim for an excellent game of football played in atrocious conditions of continual driving rain. After an early goal for each side the points were shared as neither could find the break-through in a well contested second half.
Matt Lowe’s fine run after 12 minutes spelled danger for Alfreton setting up Lee Ndlovu who shot just over before the visitors went ahead through Ndlovu whose control and finish under pressure deserved its reward.
But Saints were quickly pegged back as Brendan Daniels’ 17th minute free-kick was headed past Danny Lewis by Craig Westcarr nipping in front of the defender.
Westcarr could not find the finish after 25 minutes when well placed shooting across the goal and Alex Gudger’s 40 yard effort forced Chris Elliott to get his body behind the ball and to cling on in the wet conditions.
Alfreton enjoyed the greater possession after the interval but rarely threatened Lewis’ goal until Brackley surged back to dominate the later stages and might feel unlucky not to have forced a late win. Shane Byrne brought a good save from Elliott, Gudger headed just wide from a corner and an excellent passing move brought a shot by Aaron Williams that was blocked by a lunging defender as it seemed certain to find the goal.
Neither side deserved to leave empty-handed having produced a game of high quality for the watching and wet 383 spectators.
Brackley Town: Lewis, Lowe, Gudger, S.Byrne, Graham, Dean, G.Walker, J.Byrne, Ndlovu (Williams 76), Brown (Diggin 89), A.Walker. Subs not used: Tilney, Myles, Franklin.
Alfreton Town: Elliott, Keane, Wood, Platt, Shiels, Priestley,Jennings, Disley, German (Sharp 57), Westcarr (Allan 90), Daniels (Smith 85). Subs not used: Topliss, Robertson.
Referee: Martyn Rawcliffe Assistants: Oliver Mackey and Gareth Davies