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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.
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