Saints lose perfect record with away draw

Gary Mulligan beats former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair to the ball to set Elliot Sand away on goal. Picture by Brian Martin
Gary Mulligan beats former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair to the ball to set Elliot Sand away on goal. Picture by Brian Martin

Brackley Town lost their 100 per cent winning start to the season after being held to a 1-1 draw at Colwyn Bay.

Looking for their ninth win on the bounce, Saints took the lead early on but were pegged back before half time and failed to find a winner in the second half.

Despite losing their record, Saints remain unbeaten and still sit top of the Blue Square North but only by a point from Chester and Guiseley.

Manager Jon Brady kept the same side that had started the season so strongly with the opening minutes of the game somewhat scrappy as neither side were able to test either goalkeeper.

But Colwyn then went close when a cross from the dangerous Danny Lloyd flashed across the six-yard box with no Colwyn player taking a gamble.

Minutes later, good interplay between Brett Solkhon, Owen Story and Gary Mulligan saw Solkhon drag his shot well wide when well placed.

Brackley began to take control and assert their authority as Glenn Walker’s deflected shot went behind for a corner that resulted in the opening goal.

Walker took the corner and his fine cross picked out Josh Green, who rose majestically to plant a strong header past the helpless Chris Sanna in the home goal.

The home side responded immediately with James Clifton producing a last-ditch tackle to deny Darkwah before the hosts were level thanks to a Rob Hopley strike.

That goal stung Brackley into life with the home side grateful to former Chelsea star Frank Sinclair as his tackle prevented Gary Mulligan from shooting.

The second half saw substitute Tom Winters cause defender Tom Smyth problems down the left and the full-back was fortunate not to concede a penalty when he seemed to push Winters in the penalty area.

The home side rarely threatened in the closing quarter of the game, as Brackley pushed for a winning goal.

Elliot Sandy crashed an effort against the crossbar with Sanna groping thin air and – in the final minutes – a horrific tackle by Danny Lloyd on Clifton saw the winger spoil an impressive game.

His high and miss-timed challenge on the Saints full-back force the referee to show a straight red card.

Brackley couldn’t take advantage of the extra man in the closing moments, though, and they will be eager to get back to winning ways when they host second from bottom Histon tomorrow evening.

Brackley Town: Turley,Clifton, McDonald, Odhiambo, Hatswell (Corcoran 42), J. Green (Nisevic 45), Story (Winiters 65), Solkon, Mulligan, Sandy, Walker.

Subs not used: Diggin, Robinson

Colwyn Bay: Sanna, Smyth, Meadowcroft, Sinclair, McKenna, Evans, Williams, Hopley, Darkwah, Lloyd.

Subs: Richardson, Mannix, Breeze, Berkeley, Collins