- Ndlovu opens scoring early on for Saints
- Taylor penalty saved by Lewis in first half
- Oyibo pounces on error to slot home leveller in injury time
Attendance: 1332 (14 away)
Spennymoor Town 1
Brackley Town 1
Jude Oyibo scored a dramatic late equaliser to earn a deserved point for Spennymoor against title chasing Brackley Town.
The Saints were on course for a third consecutive 1-0 win courtesy of a Lee Ndlovu goal early on, with Glen Taylor being denied from the penalty spot by Danny Lewis on the half hour mark.
Moors were set for another game without a goal until the 92nd minute when Oyibo kept his cool to slot below Lewis who was punished for a rare error.
Both sides entered the occasion in contrasting form, with second placed Brackley who boasted a phenomenal defensive record aiming to keep pace with leaders Gateshead.
Spennymoor’s play-off push had been hampered in recent weeks with one point from three games against Kidderminster, Telford and AFC Fylde, with other results keeping them in the hunt.
Despite Moors maintaining early possession it was The Saints who took an early lead, with Lee Ndlovu glancing header past Harry Flatters – the striker netting for the third consecutive game.
Brackley began to assert their dominance on the game and almost doubled their advantage when James Armson headed wide from a corner.
Glen Taylor had the ball in Danny Lewis’ net just past the 15-minute mark, but the linesman was quick to raise his flag and deny a leveler.
Wes York came to close to punishing Flatters when the Moors keeper spilled a routine cross, but the Brackley forward could only drag a shot wide of the post.
Moors were given a golden opportunity to get back into the game just before the half hour mark when the tricky Jude Oyibo was clumsily pushed over in the area by Jordan Richards.
Taylor stepped up but fired his spot-kick straight down the middle and into the arms of Lewis.
Moors were not disheartened by that missed chance and were denied by Lewis once again ten minutes later, this time denying Jordan Preston’s close range header.
The game was edging towards the half-time whistle when Ndlovu suddenly burst through before feeding Lowe, only for James Curtis to get in a crucial block.
The impressive Shep Murombedzi struck an effort wide of Flatters’ post just before the referee signaled the interval.
Moors needed a lift after the break and almost discovered an instant reply when Taylor rose highest from a corner, but the impeccable Lewis kept Brackey’s lead intact once again.
Spennymoor lost captain Curtis to injury shortly before the hour mark, with new loan signing Tyrese Dyce coming on for his debut.
Despite dominating the ball and loitering in Brackley’s half, Moors’ inability to carve open tight defenses and create chances consistently came back to haunt them in frustrating 20-minute spell.
The game was played exclusively in The Saints’ half as the game neared its conclusion, with Lewis using his feet to deny Kenton Richardson’s low drive.
Moors’ desperation to find a deserved equaliser was now evident as Joe Tait struck an arrowing volley from distance, but Lewis was once again equal to everything Spennymoor threw at him.
Just as hope was seemingly adrift and Moors became resigned to a damaging third straight loss, Lewis’ woeful goal kick was collected by Oyibo, allowing the winger to drive through and slot into the net.
Joyous scenes around The Brewery Field almost changed to despair in the space of two minutes when James Armson spurned a guilt-edge chance from eight yards, sealing a point for both sides.
Spennymoor Town : Flatters ; Richardson (Hall 87), Curtis (Dyce 53), Tait, Pye; Ramshaw, Chandler; Oyibo, Preston, Thewlis (Breirley 66); Taylor.
Subs not used: Ofosu, Spokes.
Brackley Town: Lewis; Myles, Dean, Lomas; Walker (Franklin 65); Richards , Lowe (Gordon 72), Murombezi, Armson; York, Ndlovu.
Subs not used: Prosser, Worby.