Wilkin bemoans decision making in the final third

Brackley Town striker Jordan Hempenstall is thwarted by Salford City's  Billy Priestley

Brackley Town striker Jordan Hempenstall is thwarted by Salford City's Billy Priestley

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Brackley Town boss Kevin Wilkin saw his play-off chasers give high-flying Salford City a tough test before losing out.

A solitary goal from Michael Nottingham sunk Saints as second-placed Salford took all three Vanarama National League North points.

We didn’t take a good chance in the second half and, credit to Salford, who managed the game well

Saints boss Kevin Wilkin

City ran out 1-0 winners at St James Park where they maintained their promotion push and, at the same time, dented Town’s play-off bid.

The season’s biggest league attendance at St James Park saw Nottingham’s eighth goal of the campaign separate the two sides in Saturday’s close-fought contest.

Wilkin said: “It was a disappointing result. In the first half we played well but our final ball was poor. We didn’t test the keeper enough and conceded a scruffy goal.

“We didn’t take a good chance in the second half and, credit to Salford, who managed the game well. We lost a bit of composure and lost our way a little.

“We didn’t make good decisions at times and gave some cheap balls away. We were caught offside too often and that made it easier for them.”