Brackley Town’s slow start to the season continued with one point from two matches over the Bank Holiday weekend.
On Saturday, Saints left the New Windmill Road ground empty-handed and frustrated after a first half performance that promised so much and a 1-0 lead that melted away as Leamington drew level and then grabbed a late winner.
Town dominated the opening 45 minutes and deservedly led at the break after Greg Kaziboni scored a fine goal for the second successive Saturday as he wriggled free in midfield, drew ‘keeper Neil Collett and slid the ball into the net.
However, Leamington came out on top in the second half and equalised through Stefan Moore when the former Brackley man netted a penalty before Jordan Goddard scored an 81st minute winner.
Brackley boss Jon Brady said afterwards: “For an hour I felt we dominated totally, we played some exceptional football and opened them up.
“But players have to understand that in this league you will never dominate for the whole game. The home side will hit back and that is when you have to be strong. Some of our play once we had conceded was naive and we made things too easy for them.”
In the Monday rain, Saints were held to a goalless draw at home to Worcester City.
The home side began well before Worcester came into the game and enjoyed the better of the first period without creating many clear-cut chances. Daniel Nti’s forging run and shot well saved by Dean Snedker was the closest either side came to scoring.
In the second half, Saints had chances to claim all three points as Mitchell Austin twice brought a save from Nathan Vaughan before Jon Brown’s fine cross was almost turned in by Ryan Rowe.
Worcester enjoyed plenty of possession and, after Eddie Odhiambo was sent off for a second yellow card, created some late pressure that Saints defended well to earn a first clean sheet of the season.
Brady said: “I’m pleased to record a first clean sheet and we were strong when we had to be near the end as they pressed their advantage after the sending off.
“Dean Snedker was really excellent today making several good saves and doing well under pressure. He needs to go on to build on this now.”
Brackley are away to Conference North new boys Chorley this Saturday.