Saints finish season with draw at North Ferriby

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Brackley Town wrapped up their 2013/14 Conference North campaign with a 1-1 draw at play-off contenders North Ferriby United.

The last day of the season took Saints to a first ever visit to North Ferriby, who still held faint hopes of automatic promotion but the draw, which secured a seventh-place finish for Saints, sees AFC Telford United clinch the title and promotion back to the Conference Premier following relegation last season.

It was no surprise that the game carried an end-of-season feel as Ferriby enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges, testing Billy Turley early before they went ahead on 18 minutes through Danny Clarke. Ryan Kendall crossed from the left and found Clarke in too much space and his well-placed header gave Turley little chance.

As half-time approached, Brackley came more into the game and twice threatened the equaliser. First, Mitchell Austin was through on goal and only Adam Nicklin’s legs saved the day for the Villagers before Steve Diggin was thwarted by an agile Nicklin at close range.

The second half was evenly contested with half chances at either end. On the hour, Turley saved well from Kendall, while Dave Bridges met Glenn Walker’s free-kick but directed his header just wide before Walker’s long range effort was well struck but fizzed over.

Kendall spurned a golden chance to seal the points when he headed over on 72 minutes, and that proved costly as Ryan Rowe tucked away Remy Clerima’s effort that had been fired goalwards through a crowded penalty area for the equaliser.

That earned Town a deserved point to wrap up a disappointing seventh-placed finish and bring their second season in the Conference North to an end after an up-and-down year.

Brackley: Turley, Reid (Clerima 72), Nisevic (Story 72), Odhiambo, Sharpe, Bridges, M.Austin (Rowe 63), Solkhon, Moore, Diggin, Walker. Subs not used: Johnson, Sherratt.

Attendance: 673