Saints continue indifferent form with draw at Gainsborough

Steve Diggin, pictured here against Hednesford, is Brackley's top goalscorer this season with 10 league goals
Steve Diggin, pictured here against Hednesford, is Brackley's top goalscorer this season with 10 league goals

Steve Diggin struck late to earn Brackley Town a 2-2 draw at Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday evening.

Saints have now gone five games without a win in all competitions, but the point at Gainsborough lifts them to third, three points off top with a game in hand, in a tight Conference North table after title-rivals Altrincham and Hednesford both suffered back-to-back defeats this week.

Brackley struck first on Tuesday evening when, after an open start, a quick break down the right saw Owen Story deliver an inch-perfect cross for Ben Mills to rise highest and head home the opener.

As the visitors grew into the game, Gainsborough stepped up their passing and went close through Bradley Barraclough and on-loan Jamie Wootton.

Billy Turley had remained untested in the Brackley goal, though, before an excellent run by Wootton set-up Lewis McMahon but the midfielder shot straight at the Saints stopper as the visitors maintained their slender lead until the break.

Following a scrappy start to the second period, Gainsborough pulled level midway through the half through McMahon. With Dan Clayton felled, the referee played advantage and the ball rolled to McMahon, who curled a low shot past Turley to level the scores.

The home crowd barely had time to settle down when Wootton scored his first goal for the club with a fine run and finish to give Gainsborough the lead.

Saints battled back, though, and needed just six minutes to pull level again as Steve Diggin found space on the edge of the area and struck a low shot into the bottom corner.

Both sides had chances to win it in the final 10 minutes, and Diggin almost snatched victory in the 92nd minute as his shot fizzed across goal and went just wide.

This Saturday Brackley are away to Stockport County, who were relegated from the Conference Premier and have so far struggled this season as they currently lie three points outside the relegation zone in 18th.

Brackley: Turley, Odhiambo (Cartwright, 49), McDonald, Towers, Sharpe, Austin, Story (Jarvis, 86), Solkhon, Mills, Diggin, Walker.

Attendance: 317