Reid grabs late point to preserve Saints’ unbeaten record

North Ferriby United keeper Adam Nicklin denies Brackley Town's Glenn Walker in goal-mouth scramble at St James Park

North Ferriby United keeper Adam Nicklin denies Brackley Town's Glenn Walker in goal-mouth scramble at St James Park

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Izak Reid grabbed the late equaliser to preserve Brackley Town’s unbeaten start to their Skrill Conference North campaign.

Saints drew 1-1 with Conference new boys North Ferriby United in Saturday’s clash at St James Park, where they conceded their first goal of the season to end their run of five clean sheets.

Both goals came in the second half. Nathan Jarman broke the deadlock on the hour mark but Reid popped up in the 84th minute to salvage a late point for Jon Brady’s side.

Saints had enough chances to have comfortably won the game but had to come from a goal behind to earn a point.

Jarman had a chance to give North Ferriby an early lead but shot wide before Saints were unable to capitalise on two golden opportunities as Steve Diggin and Reid saw their close range efforts blocked by keeper Adam Nicklin.

Gary Mulligan hit a fine first time effort that deflected for a corner and Diggin also was not shy to try his luck from range. While Nicklin and his centre backs Gregg Anderson and Danny Hone were dominant in the air, the keeper missed his punch but escaped as defenders scrambled the ball to safety.

Both sides created early second half chances, Glenn Walker heading just wide from Neil Cartwright’s deep cross and Ferriby winger Jamie Yates bringing a save from Billy Turley. On the hour Jarman produced a clinical finish beyond the diving Turley to give the visitors the lead as Saints failed to clear and conceded their first goal of the campaign so far.

The goal spurred the home side on and on 66 minutes the Villagers saw striker Anthony Wilson red carded and Saints’ equaliser came direct from Reid’s superb free-kick on 84 minutes giving Nicklin no chance.

Try as they might Saints could not find a second goal though Marvin Robinson came close, sliding in at the far post but unable to direct Brett Solkhon’s flicked header into the goal.