Saints stunned by late goals at Hednesford

Brackley Town’s fitful, see-saw Vanarams Conference North season continued with another heavy defeat following last Saturday’s runaway win.

Saints lost 4-1 at Hednesford Town a game that was in the balance until the final minutes when the Pitmen exploded into goal-scoring form to add a gloss to a win that was deserved but not by such a margin.

The home side could have taken an early lead as Steve Diggin and then Adam Thomas spurned good positions before Ryan Rowe finished Saints’ first attacking move, planting his header from Greg Kaziboni’s pin-point cross past the helpless Dan Crane to shock the play-off contenders.

As so often this season however the lead lasted but a few minutes before the ball was bundled over the line after good work on the left by Jamey Osborne, although a heavy suspicion of off-side hung over the equaliser credited to muscular ex-Saint Marvin Robinson.

Robinson’s acrobatic overhead kick crashed onto the bar in a spectacular moment as the Pitmen enjoyed the better first half chances but could not find the second goal.

Rowe was unable to capitalise on two good opportunities in the early moments of the second period before Tom Thorley’s shot was saved by Billy Turley and Robinson stole in only to head wide.

With the clock ticking on, the game appeared to be heading for a stalemate as the home side made three late substitutions. In an 84th minute goalmouth scramble as Saints failed to clear, substitute Nick Rushton somehow squeezed his shot into the goal.

In the dying moments Rushton claimed another, rounding Turley to be greeted by an unguarded net, before Osborne judged the flight of his 45 yard effort to perfection sailing over Turley yet between the posts and bar.