A stoppage-time equaliser from Mike Symons denied Brackley Town three valuable Vanarama Conference North points in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Worcester City.
The point left Saints second from bottom in the table ahead of Saturday’s tough test against leaders Barrow and Greg Kaziboni’s early strike at City was worthy of winning any game. But, as so often this season, Saints were undone by a late goal and remain deep in relegation trouble.
City had plenty of opportunities with Joao De Sousa going close with a volley from just inside the box which was acrobatically saved by keeper Billy Turley.
But Saints took a 14th minute lead when Kaziboni smashed the ball past Nathan Vaughan from 25 yards. David Moyo was thwarted by Vaughan and Eddie Odhiambo could not find the finish.
City’s best chance of a first half equaliser came when Symons glanced a header wide while Saints were unable to capitalise on a misplaced clearance from Vaughan.
After the restart Saints had a great chance to double their advantage when Eric Odhiambo rounded Vaughan but Jacob Rowe got back to clear his effort off the line.
And that miss proved costly in added-time when Ellis Deeney’s free-kick was helped on by Daniel Nti for Symons to smash home. Sean Geddes managed to get the ball into the net seconds later but the effort was ruled out for an earlier infringement.