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Seasiders draw 1-1 in FA Cup tie against North Greenford
FC CLACTON kept their FA Cup adventure alive after drawing 1-1 in this afternoon’s second qualifying round tie at home to North Greenford United.
Jake Clowsley’s cool, powerful penalty just before half-time put the Seasiders in front, but their Southern League opponents equalised via a close-range header on 85 minutes.
It means the sides will now try again in a replay on Tuesday night.
Overall, it was a tie lacking goal-mouth incident but absorbing nonetheless, because it was so tense and hard-fought.
Clacton’s penalty came after Louie Newland was tripped in the box and Clowsley made no mistake, driving a rising shot past the North Greenford goalkeeper.
Tom Austin nearly added a second from close-range, after a corner was flicked on, while the visitors’ best effort was a driven shot from the right that was pushed away by Joe Fowler.
It looked as though the Seasiders might hang on, but North Greenford levelled with a close-range effort after a scramble in the Clacton box.
They then very nearly grabbed a winner – only to be denied by the diving Fowler again.
Both sides will now be waiting with baited breath to discover who their next opponents would be, if they win the replay, with the draw set to take place at 11am on Monday.
For full coverage, including pictures and reaction, see Monday’s Daily Gazette and Thursday’s Clacton Gazette.
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