Brackley consign Lowestoft Town to first home defeat of Conference North season
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Lowestoft Town suffered their first home defeat of the season after being beaten by a sloppy goal conceded late in the first half.
Despite dominating the second half they could not find an equalising goal due to an excellent display by Brackley keeper Billy Turley.
Lowestoft welcomed back Chris Henderson and Robert Eagle from injury and suspension respectively. The Blues started the game brightly and an early foul on Jefferson Louis saw Turley dive to collect Jack Ainsley's driven free-kick.
Brackley were always quick on the break through wingers Ebbie Nelson-Abby and Eric Odhiambo. Shaun Jeffers saw a shot blocked with Sam Whittall volleying the rebound over from 20 yards. Jake Jessup then saved bravely at the feet of Jeffers but Ryan Rowe headed the rebound wide of an unguarded goal.
Jake Reed was brought down just outside the area but Turley once again came to the rescue of his side with a diving save from Adam Smith's free-kick.
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Brackley scored the only goal of the game in the 36th minute when slack marking allowed Jeffers to bring down a ball into the area before turning and shooting into the net from six yards.
Lowestoft upped the tempo in the second period and pressed Brackley back but couldn't find an equaliser. A Sam Gaughran free-kick was nodded back by Louis to Erkan Okay whose volley went straight at Turley.
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Henderson then picked out Reed whose fierce volley forced the save of the game from Turley.
The keeper then dived to keep out Henderson's effort after good approach work by Smith and Louis. Louis then got on to the end of an Eagle cross but his header was inches too high.
A rare Brackley attack ended with Rowe heading a right-wing cross wide of the mark from inside the six-yard box.
It was soon Lowestoft on the attack again with Rickie Hayles' long throw headed inches wide of his own goal by Ryan Austin. Henderson then saw his 15-yard drive fly inches wide before Smith's long distance effort rebounded out of the upright.
Another Smith cross saw substitute Dawid Radomski's diving header flash across the face of the goal with Turley beaten but inches wide of the far post.
Lowestoft threw everybody forward in a desperate attempt to force an equaliser but were thwarted by some last-ditch tackling by the visiting side and were left frustrated as the final whistle blew.
Lowestoft: Jessup, Ainsley, Smith, Fisk, Hayles, Gaughran, Henderson, Okay (Radomski 69), Louis (Bammant 70), Reed, Eagle (Woods-Garness 78). Unused subs: Marsden, Zielonka.
Brackley: Turley, Samuels, Carruthers, Eddie Odhiambo, Sharpe, Austin, Nelson-Abby, Whittall, Rowe, Jeffers (Pearson 54), Eric Odhiambo (Brown 66). Unused subs: Built, Kaziboni, Curtis.