Saints frustrated by City in goalless encounter

Brackley Town endured a frustrating day against Worcester City as their drew 0-0 in their Skrill North encounter at St James Park.

Jon Brady’s side could only manage a few half chances to test City keeper Jose Veiga, but have yet to concede a goal in their first three games of the season and make the short trip to Oxford City on Monday.

Worcester captain Tom Thorley and Brackley's Greg Kaziboni

Worcester captain Tom Thorley and Brackley's Greg Kaziboni

The game took a while to settle down as Worcester tried to restrict Saints’ usual passing game, and the first real chance fell to Greg Kaziboni who could only fire his shot straight at Veiga who saved comfortably. It wasn’t until the 41st minute that Izak Reid stung Veiga’s hands with a fierce shot after good work by Glenn Walker and Kaziboni.

The second half was more of the same, with both Saints and Worcester’s defence holding firm but it was Brackley who started to have a few chances with Kaziboni’s effort in the 49th minute forcing a good save from Veiga who gathered at the second attempt. Steve Diggin came on for Reid as Brady elected for support for Gary Mulligan up front, but it was Worcester who started coming back into the game.

As the half wore on, like Brackley, the visitors failed to really test Billy Turley in goal, Aaron Williams’ cross across the six yard box in 59th minute begged for someone to get on the end of it and the final chance of the game fell to Worcester’s Graham Hutchinson, who could only head over the bar from a corner as Turley tried to come and collect the ball.

Saints fans would have been frustrated their side couldn’t utilise their attractive passing game which has always worked so well against the opposition, but they can go into Monday’s game at Oxford City hopeful of continuing their unbeaten start to the new season.