Eynesbury Rovers were denied a memorable FA Cup success when being pegged back by nine-man opponents in the 90th minute of a dramatic preliminary round tie today.
Mark Ducket’s men now face a Tuesday replay at higher-level Peterborough Sports following a late twist in a 1-1 deadlock at Hall Road.
Rovers looked set to claim a fine scalp when Dom Lawless slotted them ahead from the penalty spot with 25 minutes to go against a Sports team already down to 10 men.
The visitors had Ash Robinson dismissed early in the second half following a tackle on Jordan Brown and then David Femiola also received his marching orders for collecting a second caution.
But Eynesbury couldn’t make the most of their numerical advantage as defender Darren Woodend brought down Sports man Josh Moreman and Jamie Graham made no mistake with the resulting penalty.
A 1-1 draw proved to be a popular scoreline for local non-league sides as St Ives Town and St Neots Town were both involved in Southern League Premier Division clashes which ended that way.
Both teams came from behind to collect a point as Ben Seymour-Shove’s first goal of the campaign helped St Ives share the spoils with Kings Langley at ProEdge Westwood Road, while Dion Sembie-Ferris marked his return to St Neots Town, following a four-year stint at Colchester United, with a leveller in their stalemate at Stratford.
Only the woodwork denied St Neots a first win of the season with Micky Hyem and Taylor Parr both seeing headers hit the bar.
Godmanchester Rovers suffered a third defeat in four Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division games.
They were beaten 2-1 at Felixstowe & Walton United in a match in which the decisive goal arrived with five minutes to go.
The teams earlier traded goals in the first half with Ross Munro levelling for Rovers.
Huntingdon Town suffered a first defeat of the United Counties League Premier Division season when going down 2-1 at Oakham United.
Town led at the break after Chris Down struck direct from a corner, but the hosts turned the contest before Antonio Dello Russo saw a leveller ruled out for offside.