Late goal leads to FA Cup replay

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FA CUP PRELIMINARY ROUND

Ely City 1 Walsham-le-Willows 1

WALSHAM-le-Willows were forced into a Wednesday night replay at Summer Road by a late Adam Murray header.

The Willows travelled in search of glory, but it was the home side who imposed themselves in the first half with a succession of corners and long throws into the Walsham box.

Walsham defended resolutely and the only real chance of the half came with seconds remaining when Beech, for the home side, blazed over from eight yards.

The second half was much more even. An early chance for James Churchill was blocked by the home defence, before a ball from Jack Brame down the right wing was controlled by Ollie Hughes, who advanced into the box, beating two home defenders before curling the ball beyond home custodian Pacey to score an excellent goal.

Walsham had the upper hand and, from a corner, two Walsham players just failed to knock the ball over the line to increase their advantage.

This was to prove costly as a long throw into the Walsham six-yard box was not dealt with effectively and a cushioned header from Murray found the corner of McAnally’s goal.

Ely had further chances as they finished the match in control but failed to get the ball over the line as a replay loomed.