Simm sends Saints slipping to another defeat

Brackley Town's Will Green challenges for the ball against Chorley's Mark Ross and Matt Flynn at St James Park
Brackley Town's Will Green challenges for the ball against Chorley's Mark Ross and Matt Flynn at St James Park

Brackley Town have won just once in their last eight outings in Vanarama Conference North.

Chorley completed the double over Saints in a tight game where the big decisions went against the home side. For the third successive home game Saints were unable to find the net and are hovering just above the relegation zone.

Chris Simm’s 63rd minute header somehow found the corner of the goal from James Dean’s cross to register the only goal of a game of few chances but this was not the main talking point.

Saints were denied what appeared to be a clear first half penalty as Mark Ross handled after a fine run by Will Green but stand-in referee Craig Hicks waved the appeals and protests away.

Saints’ keeper Billy Turley limped from the pitch after just 17 minutes bringing Dean Snedker into the fray before left-back Chris Carruthers departed with an injury that required lengthy treatment following a very heavy challenge bringing a second substitute Stuart Pierpoint into the game with only a half hour played.

In an odd incident in the 68th minute, Chorley defender Matt Flynn deliberately handled the ball believing it had earlier gone out of play conceding a free-kick but strangely not earning a second yellow card having already received one in the first half.

Greg Kaziboni shot over and Ryan Rowe set up Sam Whittall who fired just wide as Saints desperately sought something from the game while Dean turned well to shoot and go close for the visitors. Despite some late pressure however Saints could not break through on a day when it felt that nothing would go right for the home side.