Brackley Town boss Jon Brady was pleased with his side’s performance after they were held to a 1-1 home draw with FA Trophy finalists North Ferriby United.
Both sides played their part in a fiercely-contested encounter that either could have won, with the result leaving Saints precariously-placed in 18th, just two points above the Conference North drop zone.
An incident-packed first half saw early chances at each end. Having re-signed from Solihull Moors in the week, fans’ favourite Owen Story almost made a dream start on eight minutes as the chance opened up but his shot was saved.
Saints then spurned a golden chance to go ahead when David Moyo’s ninth minute penalty kick was well saved by Ferriby keeper Jonathan Hedge before the striker saw his fine header smartly turned around the post by United keeper.
On 14 minutes the Villagers went ahead as Saints failed to clear, Adam Bolder played the ball back into the danger zone and Tom Denton headed in from close range.
Greg Kaziboni brought the sides level on 22 minutes, cutting in from the left to fire a low shot that found the corner of the net. The referee’s assistant had flagged another attacker off-side but after consultation, the referee overruled and the goal stood.
Kaziboni and Story threatened on both flanks and Saints had further opportunities through Kaziboni and Sam Whittall to take a lead into the break but could not convert.
Ferriby enjoyed the greater possession in the second half with Denton always a threat. Dean Snedker saved well from Nathan Jarman and Moyo’s effort grazed the post but neither side could get the break-through goal.
The draw brought to an end a run of four straight defeats for Brackley.
Brady said afterwards: “We saw strong play on both wings with Greg [Kaziboni] and Owen [Story] excellent.
“We played well especially in the first half but have met a very strong team today. It was a physical game and they have three strong forward players we did well to contain.
“I felt we handled their physical threat well and created lots of chances ourselves.”
Saints travel to relegation rivals Colwyn Bay for what is a must-win game for Brady’s side this weekend.
Brackley: Snedker, Samuels, Fitzsimons, Eddie Odhiambo, Sinclair, Austin, Story, Whittall (Green 85), Moyo, Collins, Kaziboni. Subs not used: Built, Rowe, Pierpoint, Farrell.
North Ferriby: Hedge, Topliss (Wilde 88), Peat, King, Wilson, Hone, Clarke (St Juste 82), Fry, Denton, Bolder (Kendall 69), Jarman. Subs not used: Anderson, Nicholson.
Referee: Steve Barrow