Merson strikes to earn Waders FA Cup replay

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Biggleswade Town fully deserved a replay after drawing 1-1 in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round at Wealdstone on Saturday.

It was no more than the Waders deserved after an excellent second half performance, Sam Merson grabbing the equaliser.

The replay is on Tuesday, September 29, at Biggleswade Town.

Wealdstone, of National League South, started so well against the Waders. Ian Brown was performing his usual heroics early on. The back line of Hoyte, Iwediuno, York and Coulson were being tested severely by the pace of Wealdstone’s Shaun Lucien.

Connor Calcutt, Wealdstone’s striker, was proving a handful as his 15th minute header cannoned off the bar.

Confidence came Biggleswade’s way with Craig Daniel having his first shot after 22 minutes. Craig would have expected to score but home keeper Jonathan North had a good day and was certainly a candidate for man of the match at the end.

Shane Hill joined in trying with a shot after Daniel’s effort was beaten away.

However Wealdstone struck a few minutes before the break. An innocent cross from the right, normally food and drink for Brown, took a wicked bobble and came off the keeper’s chest. Matthew Ball was on hand to convert the chance high into the roof of the net.

In the second half the Waders started to stroke the ball about with confidence, Tony Burnett and Merson knocking at the Wealdstone back line. Ian Rees and quiet Callum Lewis were both doing a job as the Waders moved up a gear.

The constant noise from behind the home goal was intense and perpetual. Wealdstone had the odd chance, another Calcutt header off the bar, it was cut and thrust.

The equaliser when it arrived on 64 minutes came out of nothing. A long kick out from Brown beat the defenders, bounced twice and Merson nipped in to lob the keeper and put the ball in the net.

Both sides had opportunities for a late winner but the game ended even.