WISBECH: Town forced to settle for a draw after Mildenhall visitors fight back

A CROWD of just over 200 saw Wisbech Town blow their chances of early success in the FA Cup when they threw away a two goal lead. The home side escaped with a draw after Mildenhall scored on the half time whistle and then added a second to make it 2-2 jus

A CROWD of just over 200 saw Wisbech Town blow their chances of early success in the FA Cup when they threw away a two goal lead.

The home side escaped with a draw after Mildenhall scored on the half time whistle and then added a second to make it 2-2 just ten minutes into the second period.

Luck was on the side of Wisbech as they took a 20th minute lead when Mildenhall full back Michael Harvey tried to clear from the edge of his own box but then, bizarrely, drifted the ball over goalkeeper Shaun Marshall and into their own net.

Wisbech made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute when James McManus found an opening inside the area and smashed the ball into net after collecting a cross from Jamie Thurlbourne.

First half stoppage time saw Owen Paynter, the Mildenhall striker, collect a superb ball from Graham Rush which duly found its way into the back of the net.

Paynter's goal breathed life into Mildenhall's second half performance, although the striker played no further part when he was forced off with a thigh strain.

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With ten minutes of the second half gone the away side drew level courtesy of the combination from two substitutes. Tony Scully beat three players on the left wing before picking out Chris Bacon in the box and the former AFC Sudbury man made no mistake from close range with his head.

There was a nasty moment in the final period when the home side midfield Gary Setchell got involved in an incident with Lewis Baillie which was spotted by a linesman who then promptly handed the Wisbech player a red card.

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