11:20AM, Monday 28 November 2016
Maidenhead United 2, Wealdstone 2
MAIDENHEAD United’s interest in this season’s FA Trophy was kept alive by a late goal from Harry Pritchard as the Magpies battled back to draw against Wealdstone having played more than 45 minutes with only 10 men.
Ryan Upward’s senseless lunge at Elliott Godfrey five minutes before the break had left the Magpies short-handed, after Sam Barratt’s 36th minute header had cancelled out a similarly well placed headed goal from Eddie Oshodi for the visitors.
When Jonathan Wright stole a march on the Magpies’ defence to slot home from Matthew Whichelow’s cross just after the hour mark it looked likely that Maidenhead’s involvement in this season’s competition – just like in the FA Cup – would be of short duration.
However, a triple substitution from Alan Devonshire galvanised the Magpies in the final minutes and the trio combined to devastating effect for United to come back and rescue a draw in the 82nd minute.
Josh Kelly pulled the Stones defence out of position to allow Christian Smith to thread the ball through for Pritchard. The winger then kept his cool as he bore down on goal and lifted the ball over keeper Jonathan North from a narrow angle.
The third qualifying round replay will take place tomorrow night (Tuesday).
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