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Lymington Town rue missed chances as Hereford hold to force FA Cup replay

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FA Cup Second Qualifying Round

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A HARRY McGrath strike helped Lymington Town recover from a disastrous 60 seconds in the first-half to force a reply against National League North's Hereford.

Lymington took an early lead, but Hereford struck twice in a minute to turn the tie on its head. However, McGrath scored a fine goal to force a replay tomorrow (Tuesday).

Coming into the match, the Bulls, who play two divisions higher than Lymington, were heavy favourites despite going five games without a league win.

Lymington's Luke Churchill and Hereford's Tom Owen-Evans (photo: Les Chase)
Lymington's Luke Churchill and Hereford's Tom Owen-Evans (photo: Les Chase)

Lymington, who had won three games in the FA Cup to challenge Hereford, issued the visitors a warning when defender Tim Stephenson's shot flashed just wide.

With six minutes played, Owen Fee continued his superb form to run on to a through ball before sliding a neat finish under Brandon Hall.

Then disaster struck as Lymington conceded two goals in the space of 60 seconds.

In the 22nd minute, Myles Storey hit the back of the net after Ryan Lloyd found him unmarked in the box.

Immediately from the restart, goalscorer Storey drove forwards with the ball before playing in Tom Owen-Evans, who put the visitors ahead.

From there, Town punished sloppy Bulls' defending when Ben Pollock slipped, allowing Luke Churchill to find McGrath, who fired into the bottom corner.

Lymington looked most likely to find a winner, with McGrath forcing Hall into a spectacular diving save, before Nathan Hurst went close with a header from a corner.

However, Hereford held on, and they will now host Lymington at their Edgar Street home tomorrow.

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