Brackley Town’s torrid run of form continued with a 3-1 defeat at high-flying Guiseley after a high-quality and evenly-matched encounter in the Conference North.
Saints produced a much-improved performance as they enjoyed the better of the first half with Roddy Collins’ 36th minute goal giving the visitors a deserved lead, but a double wobble on the hour-mark transformed the game as Guiseley netted twice within a minute before adding gloss to the scoreline with a late penalty.
Guiseley failed to test Dean Snedker until the 55th minute when Wayne Brooksby fired in a shot that the Brackley keeper clung on to well. Before then, Saints’ plan worked well as they started brightly and grew in confidence as the half progressed.
David Moyo almost nipped in to take advantage of defensive uncertainty before Frank Sinclair rose to direct his header just wide from a corner on seven minutes.
In a danger sign for the home side, Moyo played in young Roddy Collins, whose shot just slid wide of goal from a sharp angle after some fine passing interplay and then Michael Built was thwarted at the last as Sam Whittall threaded his pass between the defenders.
The goal was nothing less than Brackley’s play had deserved and it came after a Lions’ attack had broken down, allowing Greg Kaziboni to carry the ball and feed Collins, who timed his run to perfection and planted his finish with assured accuracy past ‘keeper Steven Drench
Saints had the chance to double their lead after the break as a fine cross by Kaziboni from the left was met by Moyo in space but Drench blocked and beat the ball away in a let-of for the Lions.
That miss combined with the introduction of Oli Johnson marked the turning point. With his first touch. Johnson exploited a momentary defensive lapse, roared 35 yards in on goal and slammed his shot into the top corner for an emphatic equaliser.
Within a minute, Saints were rocked by a second goal as leading scorer Adam Boyes made ground down the right, crossed and from the scramble, Nicky Boshell somehow stabbed home through a crowd of bodies.
Snedker saved miraculously from Johnson and was relieved to see the rebound only crash onto the woodwork before Guiseley won an 85th minute penalty as that man Johnson was felled. Boshell smashed his kick high and handsome past Snedker to see Guiseley home and up into third place.
It was a harsh scoreline on Saints but Jon Brady and his side can take plenty of positives as they head into a crucial run of fixtures, starting with a home game against North Ferriby United at St James Park on Saturday.
Brackley: Snedker, Samuels, Fitzsimons, Eddie Odhiambo, Sinclair, Austin, Collins, Whittall, Built, Moyo, Kaziboni (Green 75). Subs not used: Farrell, Rowe, Pierpoint.
Guiseley: Drench, Toulson, Lowe, Hall (Oli Johnson 58), Ellis, Lawlor, Brooksby, Holdsworth, Boyes, Boshell, Alex Johnson (Porritt 68). Subs not used: Hendrie, Harrison, S.Dickinson.
Referee: Kevin Mulraine