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Stocksbridge Park Steels 2 Ramsbottom United 2
7:26am Monday 16th September 2013 in Football
PHILIP Dean’s last-gasp penalty earned Ramsbottom United another crack at Stocksbridge in the FA Cup qualifying round – and it is the least they deserve.
It would have been a travesty had they exited the cup at this stage after they totally dominated the tie.
But they left it late to grab a dramatic equaliser and the replay will now be played at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium tomorrow night.
The Rams were trailing 2-1 when one final foray in to the Stocksbridge area ended with Gary Stopforth going down – the referee didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot and sending off Matthew Telling for a crude ‘studs up’ challenge.
Dean, who had unusually missed a penalty at Ossett Albion in midweek, strode forward and confidently beat Jack Ward in the home goal from 12 yards to ensure a replay.
It was the least the visitors deserved who took an 11th minute lead when Joel Pilkington swept an angled pass into the area, and Dominic Smalley gathered the ball, before turning his man and firing home a curling left-footed shot from 15 yards.
But the home side were on level terms in the 23rd minute when Danny South went down under an innocuous challenge from Jon Robinson but the referee pointed to the spot, and Nathan Joynes duly converted the penalty.
Despite their continued domination, the Rams could not find a way to regain their lead and instead found themselves trailing when Chris White volleyed home.
Despite this set-back, the Rams continued to take the game to their hosts. But just when it looked like it was all in vain, up stepped Dean with his last minute penalty to force the replay.
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