The Magpies produced a stunning comeback to halt Brackley in their tracks. The home dominated the first half and went into the break two goals to the good. However, a change of shape in the second half led to Josh O’Keefe scoring twice from close range to gain a point for the league leaders.
The hosts were unchanged from their victory at Nuneaton Borough on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Magpies made three changes as Adam Anson, Jake Cottrell & Josh Wilson came in for Courtney Meppen-Walter, Alex Newby & Louis Almond.
Brackley (4-3-3): Lewis; Myles, Hall, Dean (c), Franklin; Lowe (Murombedzi, 69′), Byrne, A.Walker, Fairlamb (Nti, 90’+3); Armson (G.Walker, 60′), Ndlovu. Subs not used: Graham, Smith.
Chorley (5-3-2): Urwin; Challoner, Anson (Whitham, 84′), Leather, Teague (c), Short (Almond, 46′); O’Keefe, Cottrell; E.Newby; Carver, Almond. Subs not used: A.Newby, Jordan, Eccles.
06′ CHANCE (Brackley): Matt Lowe was put clear down the right, but despite a clean sight of goal, Matt Urwin did enough to put the winger off
17′ CHANCE (Brackley): James Armson was stopped from tapping home by a last ditched Scott Leather challenge, after the midfielder had waltzed through The Magpies’ defence
18′ CHANCE (Brackley): Lee Ndlovu missed a close range header when it was easier to score
21′ CHANCE (Brackley): Matt Urwin made a stunning save from a Armson header
28′ CHANCE (Brackley): Lowe hit the post with a vicious curling effort after full back Myles had beat the offside trap to set him up
34′ GOAL (Brackley): Connor Franklin was on hand to head home from a Shane Byrne corner from the left
41′ GOAL (Brackley): Lee Ndlovu swooped to slam home inside the six yard box after Lowe had worked his magic down the right
66′ GOAL (Chorley): Josh O’Keefe swept home from the centre of the box after Matt Challoner worked wonders down the left
72′ CHANCE (Chorley): Elliot Newby and Louis Almond combined to create panic in the box, and from the resulting corner Marcus Carver looped a header just over
84′ GOAL (Chorley): Josh O’Keefe ghosted into the box and burried his header past Lewis from a wonderful Elliot Newby cross
90′ CHANCE (Brackley): Skipper Dean blazed over when it was easier to hit the target
That’s what he said
“I learnt a lot today about ourselves. We want to continue the run we are, but we can’t start the way we did. We were under the cosh for long periods of the first half and lucky to go in only two down. The second half; WOW. Confidence, composure, the difference was incredible. All over the pitch we were outstanding in the second 45 minutes” – Jamie Vermiglio
HT 2-0 / FT 2-2
Shots: Brackley 18 Chorley 9
Corners: Brackley 11 Chorley 5
Fouls: Brackley 6 Chorley 6
Weather: 23c (sunny)
Referee: Aaron Jackson
Assistants: Liam Corbett & Stuart Morland
Another away day. This time the short hop to Tameside to face Ashton United. Kick-off at Hurst Cross is 3pm, with admission £12 adults, £8 concessions, £3 accompanied under-12s
*Reporting by Alex Birch & Chris Park