Keeper thwarts Saints in drawn game at St James Park

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In Tuesday evening’s home game against Weymouth an 82nd minute strike from Owen Story (pictured left) cancelled out Ben Geering’s 38th minute opener for the visitors to set up a frantic final surge as Brackley sought the win their first half performance deserved but to no avail.

As the first half progressed with Brackley creating chance after chance it seemed only time before the goals would come but Weymouth goalkeeper James Nortei on his debut enjoyed one of those games when he could do no wrong.

Time and again the 19-year-old thwarted Brackley’s strikers as the diminutive Ghanaian withstood the onslaught.

Four times in the first half Nortei saved well from Tom Winters, Story, a Carl Palmer rocket from 20 yards and on 26 minutes from Steve Basham just five yards out.

Making his debut for Brackley was young keeper Jon Bond who performed well, his one slip allowing the visitors their goal as centre back Geering bundled home from a cross.

The second half saw a more even game with Brackley reduced to ten men after stand-in full back Paul Dempsey was red carded on 65 minutes.

But Brackley created enough chances in the remaining period to have come away comfortably with the points. In the final minutes Story had a goal ruled out for a tight off-side flag and in added time a fine run by Elliot Sandy set up Winters’ fierce shot that was superbly tipped over by Nortei for a final corner before the referee blew time at 1-1 and a point for Saints.

Next up for Brackley are long trips to Tiverton in the West Country this Saturday, kick-off 3pm and Salisbury.

Brackley Town: Bond, Dempsey, Palmer (Bignot 90+2), Quinn, Willmott, Kemp, Story, Sandy, F. Green, Basham (Chennells 34), Winters.

Weymouth: Nortei, Tribe, Pasker, Reed, Geering, Palmer, Mudge, Wolleaston, Groves, Byerley, Beasley (Halloran 89).

>>See page 119 for a report on the Brackley versus Truro City game last Saturday.