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First FA Cup Tie Under New Sovereign Ends All-Square


Date: Sat 17 Sep 2022

By Steve Whitney

The opening match in the Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round – and the first FA Cup tie to be played under the reign of King Charles III – between Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South rivals Chesham United and Bracknell Town ended all-square at 2-2 at The Meadow and will now require a midweek replay.

After a goalless opening 45 minutes, it was the visiting Robins who broke the deadlock in the 57th minute when they were awarded a penalty after George Knight was felled in the area which was converted by Jordan Esprit.

But the Generals grabbed a 75th-minute equaliser when Karl Oliyide went through one-on-one with the visitors` keeper and slotted it through his legs into the back of the net.

Just 5 minutes later, Chesham had the lead when they too were awarded a spot-kick after Zak Joseph was brought down in the box and Oliyide netted his second from 12 yards.

It looked as though the majority in the crowd of 369 were going to see the home side in Monday’s draw, but with 5 minutes of stoppage time gone of the 6 indicated by the official, Bracknell pulled back on level terms when Knight tricked his way past two defenders in the box before smashing the ball past Sam Beasant in the Chesham goal.


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