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Albion Sports dig deep to force FA Cup replay
Albion Sports forced a preliminary qualifying round replay against South Shields today after coming from behind twice in a 3-3 draw.
The visitors from the north east took an early lead and were gifted a second by a goalkeeping error.
But Albion got back into the game on the hour-mark when David Brown lashed in a half-volley from the edge of the area.
They levelled through Danny Facey but following an injury to the keeper, who was deputising for regular No 1 Aaron Brian – missing with a broken finger – outfield player Iwan Hanley-Heeley had to don the gloves.
He was soon beaten by a well-placed 20-yard free-kick but Brown rescued Albion with his second.
Albion boss Kulwinder Sandhu said: “Having a journey up to the north east on a Tuesday night is a nightmare but at least we are still in the tie.
“It’s going to be difficult though. We are going to need a head count to see who is available and I will have to check on the FA rules regarding a keeper.”
Brighouse Town also lived to fight another day after a 1-1 draw at Billingham Synthonia but it was the home side who were most relieved.
Town led from the 55th minute thanks to a Tom Matthews goal but James McGowan netted an injury-time equaliser.
That replay is also this Tuesday at the Dual Seal Stadium.
Farsley were sent tumbling out of the competition as they were beaten 3-1 at home by Evo-Stik Division One North rivals Lancaster City.
Poor home defending allowed Tom Kilifin to open the scoring in the 13th minute and Ryan Elderton should have made it 2-0 but headed over.
The red rose side did double their lead through Andrew Jackson early in the second half and Elderton finally got his goal.
A late penalty strike from skipper Rob O’Brien gave Farsley brief hope but it was not to be.
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