Late Mahoney strike ensures Brig earn replay

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A late strike from Matt Mahoney ensured Bamber Bridge earned a deserved replay against Ossett Town in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

The replay takes place tonight at Irongate, with the winners earning a home draw against either Warrington Town or New Mills on Saturday September 28.

Both teams started in gung-ho fashion, with chances coming at either end.

And it was Brig who broke the deadlock through striker Greg Johnstone.

A Mahoney effort struck the post with the rebound landing kindly to Johnstone, who made no mistake infront of goal to give the away side a 15th-minute lead.

The game was end-to-end with assistant manager Neil Reynolds battling hard in midfield.

Brig could have doubled their lead but an effort was just sent wide of the post.

But the visitors where made to pay as Chris Wood bagged one of his two goals on the day to grab an equaliser.

Town then took charge of the game, but Brig still still had chances as Ali Waddecar fired wide and Lennie Reid saw his effort saved.

Wood then grabbed his second five minutes before the break as he finished superbly with his head after smart work from Fernando Moke down the left-hand side.

Waddecar then missed his second chance of the match as he again fired wide, and time was running out for the visitors.

George Bowyer was carried off with 10 minutes to go which proved vital for Brig as five minutes of additional time were added.

The referee waved away claims of a penalty.

But in the next minute, Mahoney beat his man and sent a shot towards goal and with the help of a deflection the ball rolled kindly past the keeper, sending the Brig players wild and grabbing a deserved equaliser.

Bamber Bridge: Dovey, Bowyer (Marlow), Thompson, Doughty, Bonaminio, Kay (c), Waddecar, Mahoney, Johnstone (Haley), Reynolds (Wilkins), Reid. Subs: Lawlor, Alexander