Saints play their part but miss out again

Brackley Town’s poor run continued with a 3-1 defeat at Guiseley in Saturday’s Vanarama Conference North clash.

Saints left Nethermoor empty-handed having contributed in full measure to an exciting game of high quality.

Enjoying the better of the first half Roddy Collins’ 36th minute goal gave Saints a deserved lead until a double wobble on the hour changed the game as Guiseley netted twice within a minute before adding a gloss to the score-line with a late penalty.

Guiseley failed to test Dean Snedker until the 55th minute when Wayne Brooksby fired in a shot that the Saints keeper clung on to well. Before that, Saints’ plan worked to a tee as they started brightly and grew in confidence as the half progressed.

David Moyo almost nipped in take advantage of defensive uncertainty before Frank Sinclair rose to direct his header just wide from a corner. In a danger sign for the home side Moyo played in young Collins whose shot just slid wide of goal from a sharp angle after some fine passing interplay and then Michael Built was thwarted at the last as Sam Whittall threaded his pass between the defenders.

The goal was nothing less than Saints’ composure and passing warranted. It came after a Lions’ attack had broken down allowing Greg Kaziboni to carry the ball and feed Roddy Collins who timed his run to perfection and planted his finish with assured accuracy past keeper Steven Drench

Saints had the chance to double their lead after the break as a fine cross by Kaziboni from the left was met by Moyo in space but Drench blocked and beat the ball away in a let-off for the Lions.

The introduction after injury of Oli Johnson from the bench marked the turning point. With his first touch he exploited a momentary defensive lapse, roared 35 yards in on goal and slammed his shot into the top corner for an emphatic equaliser.

Within a minute Saints were rocked by a second goal as leading scorer Adam Boyes made ground down the right, crossed and from the scramble Nicky Boshell somehow stabbed home through a crowd of bodies.

Snedker saved miraculously from Johnson and was relieved to see the rebound only crash onto the woodwork before Guiseley won an 85th minute penalty as that man Johnson was felled. Boshell smashed his kick high and handsome past Snedker to see Guiseley home and up into third place.