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A resolute second half defensive performance earned Spennymoor a superb away point at Brackley Town after James Armson’s penalty miss five minutes before the interval.

Armson, who had a penalty saved by Matt Gould in the corresponding league fixture last season, blazed his spot kick over the crossbar after Jake Hibbs brought down Matt Lowe.

Glen Taylor had Moors’ best opportunity, heading wide of the post shortly before the full time whistle, but ultimately, both sides cancelled each other out.

Jason Ainsley was forced into one change from the side who beat Alfreton Town 2-0 three days previous, with Hibbs replacing Carl Magnay at right back, while there was a spot on the bench for striker Gavin Cogdon.

In blustery and damp conditions at St James Park, the contest began on a subdued note with little in the way of chances, but that changed when Wes York, on loan from York City, flashed an effort wide inside the six yard box following a neat run from Armson.

Moors were forced to defend manfully during an intense minute period, with Nathan Buddle superbly denying Lee Ndlovu and then Lowe, before they threatened up the other end after winning a corner.

The set-piece fell to captain Christopher Mason at the back post, and his swiped shot was cleared on the line amidst appeals that it had infant crept over and in.

Ndlovu, who was a thorn in Spennymoor’s side without managing to find the net, set up York on the right hand side moments later, but his drive sailed wide of Gould’s near post.

The first half’s flash point came five minutes before the interval when the speedy Lowe burst down the left and engaged in a footrace with Hibbs. Moors’ defender was fractions late on the midfielder, leaving the referee with no choice other than to point to the spot.

James Armson was the man to take responsibility, but he blasted high over the bar.

The pressure from The Saints continued to mount on the Spennymoor defence and Ndlovu struck the outside of the post after another powerful drive forward, with the referee’s half time whistle a welcome sound for Ainsley and Moors.

The second half, despite their being signs of life before the break, was littered with misplaced passes and a lack of clear cut chances, with Brackley going closest through a Lowe shot which arrowed wide of the post.

Moors struggled to carve out openings against a Brackley defence who came into the contest boasting the sternest defensive record at home this campaign, and that never looked like being threatened in a cagey game.

They did come very close to clinching all three points three minutes from time when Taylor headed a high cross into the area just past the post.

Moors host Southport on Saturday and remain 8th in the National League North.

Brackley

1Danny Lewis Goalkeeper
2Ellis Myles Defender
3Connor Franklin Defender
4Shane Byrne
5Thierry Audel Defender 37'
6Gareth Dean Defender
7Matt Lowe
8James Armson 14
9Lee Ndlovu
10Wes York 12 Midfielder
11Glenn Walker Midfielder
12Tendai Daire 10 Defender
14Luke Fairlamb 8 Midfielder
15Shepard Murombedzi
16Dan Holman Midfielder
17Alastari Worby Goalkeeper
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Spennymoor

1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Jake Hibbs Midfielder
3Christopher Mason Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Nathan Buddle Defender
6James Curtis Defender
7James Roberts 14 Forward 58'
8Shane Henry Midfielder
9Glen Taylor Forward
10Robert Ramshaw Midfielder
11Ben McKenna 17 Midfielder
12Stephen Brogan Defender
14Mark Anderson 7 Midfielder
15Ryan Hall Midfielder
16Adam Boyes Forward
17Gavin Cogdon 11 Forward
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Clean Sheet
0
0
Goals
0
0
Assists
0
0
Yellow Cards
2
1
Red Cards
0
0

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Brackley000Draw
Spennymoor000Draw

Details

Date Time Competition Season Attendance
5th November 2019 7:45 pm National League North 2019/20 330

Ground

St.James Park
53 Churchill Way, Brackley NN13 7EJ, UK

Past Meetings

2018/19
St.James Park

Attendance: 1279
2018/19
The Brewery Field

Attendance: 669
2018/19
St.James Park

Attendance: 447
2017/18
CNG Stadium

2017/18
St.James Park