Brackley remain unbeaten after North Ferriby draw

Brackley Town continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw against 10-man North Ferriby United.

Saints remain one of only five unbeaten sides following a well-contested contest against the newly promoted side.

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

Goal-less at the break, both sides created early second half chances with Glenn Walker heading just wide from Neil Cartwright’s cross and Ferriby winger Jamie Yates bringing a save from Billy Turley.

Finally the deadlock was broken when, on the hour, Jarman produced a clinical finish beyond the diving Turley to give the visitors the lead as Saints conceded their first goal of the campaign.

The goal spurred the hosts on and they were boosted by a red card for Ferriby striker Anthony Wilson for use of an elbow before Reid’s superb 84th minute free-kick gave the visiting goalkeeper no chance and pulled Brackley level.

Saints pushed hard for a winner but had to settle for a draw that takes them up to third in the Conference North.

Manager Jon Brady said afterwards: “We should have taken some of the good chances created in the first half. A couple of chances hit their keeper and stayed out but he knew nothing about it.

“Having gone 1-0 down and to come back as we did was pleasing. Reid’s free-kick was a quality strike. I thought Eddie Nisevic made a big impact when he came on. He was exceptional and made a real difference.

“Make no mistake, North Ferriby have some good players and are tough opponents. They will take points from a lot of teams this season.”

Brackley visit Guiseley this Saturday.

Brackley: Turley, Cartwright (Kaziboni 73), McDonald (Nisevic 68), Odhiambo, Sharpe, Austin, Reid, Solkhon, Mulligan (Robinson 85), Diggin, Walker.

Referee: Neil Radford

Attendance: 283