• The FA Cup 1st Rnd
  • 04 Nov 2012
  • KO 15:00
  • Ground: Pirelli Stadium
Home team Score Away team

Burton Albion

3-3

Altrincham

Zander Diamond 53
Jacques Maghoma 77
Calvin Zola 90+3
Carl Rodgers 29
Nathan Stanton 34 (og)
Damien McCrory 85 (og)

Zola snatches replay for Burton

Sunday 4th November 2012 18:07

Zola: To the rescue for Brewers

Zola: To the rescue for Brewers

Calvin Zola salvaged a replay for Burton in a 3-3 thriller against Blue Square Bet North side Altrincham in their FA Cup first-round clash.

The underdogs thought they had been handed victory in a topsy-turvy contest when Brewers defender Damien McCrory put through his own net in the 86th minute.

But Zola headed in a Jordan Chapell cross in the third minute of added time to spare the blushes of the League Two side.

Burton failed to heed the warning after surviving a major scare in the fifth minute. Mark Oxley was adjudged to have brought down visiting midfielder Simon Richman in the area but the on-loan Hull goalkeeper redeemed himself with a brilliant one-handed saved to deny Damian Reeves from the spot.

However, Altrincham's slick football was rewarded when winger Nicky Clee beat two defenders to set up a close-range finish for Carl Rodgers in the 29th minute.

Burton suffered more embarrassment five minutes later as Nathan Stanton stabbed a Clee corner into his own net.

But the hosts were back in the contest in the 53rd minute when skipper Zander Diamond side-footed home Lee Bell's free-kick from close range.

And Burton should have been level 10 minutes later, only for Robbie Weir to blaze his spot-kick yards too high after a handling offence by Jake Moult.

It was left to Diamond to make his mark on the game for a second time when he bundled in another Bell free-kick in the 76th minute.

But McCrory handed the lead back to Altrincham when he sliced sub Duncan Watmore's cross into his own net, only for Zola's even later intervention.