Diggin on mark again but Saints drop two more points

Brackley Town caretaker-manager Frank Sinclair saw his side draw their third successive game since he took over from Jon Brady.

Saints drew 1-1 with Hednesford Town in Saturday’s Vanarama National League North clash at St James Park. Both sides deserved their point but nothing more from a game that began with great promise but fizzled out in the sunshine.

Saints started brightly taking a first half lead before being pegged back but a disappointing second half of few chances failed to get going as neither side could find any rhythm.

Steve Diggin fired inches wide and Sam Smith saw his fierce close range shot headed off the line by Ben Bailey before Saints got the breakthrough their dominance deserved in the 21st minute. Loan signing Jack Truelove crossed for Diggin to direct his header into the bottom corner to bring his tally to five for the season.

Hednesford managed only a single effort on target throughout the first half but a defensive lapse saw Kyle Perry bury his shot for an unlikely equaliser just after the half hour. That proved to be a turning point as there was little to separate the sides from that point on.

After the break neither side could pick up the tempo. Tom Thorley shot just wide from a free-kick and Saints keeper Dan Crane twice saved well before both sides spurned a good chance in the dying moments. Smith was well placed but fired wide and Curtis McDonald headed off the line following Sean Williams’ fine free-kick.

Speaking after the game, Sinclair felt it was another missed opportunity for his side.

He said: “We made a terrific start then conceded a poor goal and went into our shell a bit.

“I cannot fault the effort but it has been the story of the season, starting well then conceding soft goals. That is three games undefeated but we needed more from this game and we need to be more resilient.”