A solitary goal from Jack Ryan sent Brackley Town tumbling to a 1-0 defeat at St James Park where Stockport County took the points in Saturday’s Vanarama Conference North clash.
It wasn’t a game for the purist as both sides struggled to find momentum or creativity. Pedro Mendes started his first game on the left wing having signed just hours before the deadline as manager Jon Brady faced an injury crisis while Dean Snedker took over from Billy Turley.
The crucial moment came in the 32nd minute with a fluke goal that ultimately decided the game. Following a cross, the ball appeared to sail tamely over Snedker as he came to gather Ryan’s header.
In a game devoid of goalmouth incident, Stockport enjoyed the better of the first half. Danny Glover fired just wide in the early exchanges and Saints had a narrow escape on the stroke of halftime when Kyle Jacobs got behind the defence before the danger was averted.
Ryan Austin and Frank Sinclair headed just over from corners late in the first half.
Saints enjoyed greater possession after the break but continued to struggle to create chances and looked like a side low on confidence. County keeper Danny Hurst saved well from Will Green late on as Saints suffered a sixth defeat in seven games.
Brady: “I am extremely frustrated. Not all of my players gave enough today and did not want it enough.
“Frank Sinclair’s energy and fight was an example to everyone, as was Eddie Odhiambo who gave everything despite his struggle with injury. We are in a battle now and somehow have to find a way to pick up the points we need from these final games.”