Billy Heath’s side had several chances to claim a victory but it proved to be one of those matches where a goal just wouldn’t come for either side.
Halifax came into this match knowing that a win would see them leapfrog their promotion rivals Kidderminster Harriers into second place, but they were made to settle for a point against a stubborn Brackley Town side.
The opening chance of the game fell to the home side with Luke Graham’s header bouncing off the bar. An awkward bounce in the box fell to the defender as he directed it towards goal but the crossbar prevented the home side taking the lead.
Midway through the first-half and Sam Johnson comes to the rescue once again for the Shaymen with his acrobatics. Steve Diggin’s strike was prevented only by the legs of Johnson, the danger wasn’t over just yet as the ball fell to Glenn Walker but the loanee was there once again to prevent the home side taking a lead into half-time.
The Shaymen were limited to chances in the opening half and were on the back foot throughout the 45 minutes, with Jordan Sinnott’s 25-yard free-kick being the only real sight of goal for Halifax.
The opening ten minutes of the second period mirrored that of the first with both sides cancelling each out, the ball spending most the time in the middle third. Brackley had the first chance of the second period through Steve Diggin. The ball fell to Diggin in the box but the striker’s shot was dragged wide of the Halifax goal.
Billy changed to a 5-3-2 in the second half as Danny Hone came on for Dion Charles, this in turn giving Kevin Roberts and Josh Wilde more of a free role to attack the flanks.
That tactical change nearly worked wonders as Liam King worked the ball well down the right-hand side floating the ball to the back post but Richard Peniket’s towering header flew just wide of Laurie Walker’s left hand post.
Brackley’s full-backs were struggling to handle Peniket’s pace and power, and those traits nearly lead to a goal. The forward done excellently well to chase the ball down on the left as he pulled it back for Liam King who pulled the trigger, but his shot was blocked well by the home side preventing a real chance on goal.
The best chance of the match then fell to Scott Garner just three yards out with just over five minutes to play. Josh Wilde worked the ball well down the left as he charged into the box pulling it back for the defender, but it was a case of the wrong man at the right time as Garner blazed the ball over Walker’s crossbar.
Sam Johnson, 2 Kevin Roberts ©, 3 Josh Wilde, 4 Jordan Sinnott, 5 Scott Garner, 6 Nathan Hotte, 7 Liam King, 8 David Lynch (Cliff Moyo 60), 9 Tom Denton, 10 Dion Charles (Danny Hone 46), 11 Richard Peniket
Subs: 12 Steven Drench, 15 Joel Logan, 16 Adam Morgan
1. Laurie Walker, 2 James Clifton, 3 Alex Gudger, 4 Shane Byrne, 5 Luke Graham (Matt Lowe 80), 6 Gareth Dean ©, 7 Glenn Walker, 8 James Armson, 9 Lee Ndlovu (Jordan Hempenstall 82), 10 Steve Diggin (David Moyo 82), 11 Adam Walker
Subs: 12 Ellis Myles, 15 Jordan Gough
Yellow Cards: King 34, Denton 71
Red Cards: None
Man of the Match: Scott Garner
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