Brackley 0 Spennymoor 0.

Spennymoor missed a chance to move into the play off spots in the Vanarama National League North when they were held to a goalless draw at St James Park tonight.

It was a game of few chances, with Brackley having more of them, but when they came their way, they were mainly spurned by striker Lee Ndlovu, while James Armson made a hash of a penalty.

Nevertheless Moors will be happy with a draw from a long distance midweek away game, and are still unbeaten in their last five league matches ahead of facing third placed Southport at the Brewery Field on Saturday.

Brackley had two early half chances, with Lee Ndlovu having an early shot blocked, and another saved by keeper Mattie Gould.

The home side had the first real chance of the game on 18 minutes when Wes York found space from a Matt Lowe cross and hit a low shot that Gould comfortably saved, then a few minutes later Ndlovu had another effort blocked.

Moors nearly took the lead on 28 minutes when a corner went all the way to the far post where Chris Mason got a touch, but the ball was cleared off the line by a defender.

Brackley went close when Ndlovu set up York, who was just off target.

The home side were then awarded a penalty on 40 minutes when full back Jake Hibbs was adjudged to have brought down Lowe, but James Armson put the spot kick over the top.

Ndlovu saw another chance go begging when he struck the post just before half time, and then he headed wide again soon after the restart.

Gould then had another routine save to make when York set up Lowe, who fired straight at him.

But Moors tightened up in defence after that and gave nothing away, although they didn’t create much themselves at the other end until two minutes from the end, when Glen Taylor was unlucky with a header that went just wide.

Team: Gould, Hibbs, Buddle, Curtis, Mason, Chandler, Henry (sub Hall 80), Roberts (sub Anderson 60), Ramshaw, McKenna (sub Cogdon 86), Taylor.

Subs not used: Brogan, Boyes.