Thomas pops up to deny Saints all three points

Brackley Town keeper Sam Hornby gathers the ball under pressure at a Corby Town corner
Brackley Town keeper Sam Hornby gathers the ball under pressure at a Corby Town corner

A late equaliser from Kalern Thomas denied Brackley Town all three points in Saturday’s Vanarama National League North clash at Corby Town.

Both sides conjured a single second half goal each in the 1-1 draw in a game of plentiful endeavour and will but lacking in goal chances and played on a sodden pitch that became stickier the longer the persistent, steady rain poured down.

Paul Malone rose to meet a free-kick and headed against the post in Corby’s best moment of the first half while Saints finished the half the stronger with shots from Tom Winters and David Moyo going wide.

The Steelmen have conceded often early in the second half and were determined not to fall at this hurdle this time around although Saints were also out of the blocks quickly with Joe Clarke trying his luck from 30 yards before Glenn Walker created panic in the area as Winters’ shot was finally blocked and Ryan Austin thumped a header on to the bar from a corner.

Winters gave the visitors a 72nd minute lead, jinking and turning to create the space to shoot on the edge of the penalty box before firing a low shot past keeper Sam Donkin. Greg Mills tested Sam Hornby bringing a save at full stretch from Saints’ on-loan keeper and only a fine block by Pablo Mills kept Corby at bay.

But with four minutes remaining left-back Thomas made a rare foray forward, cut inside and unleashed a fine finish that curled beyond Hornby who was powerless to prevent the equaliser.

Both sides pushed for a winner but both also feared a defeat. Winters had one final effort and Moyo could not turn in a deep cross at the back post in added-time as the referee signalled an end to a muddy and hard fought, second all-Northamptonshire encounter in a week.