The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING - By Craig Phillips

HANDSWORTH Par­ramore and FC United will re­play their tie on Tues­day night af­ter the North­ern Coun­ties East out­fit held their Na­tional League North op­po­nents to a draw.

The Red Rebels came into the game af­ter four con­sec­u­tive league de­feats and had hoped that play­ing a team three steps be­low would be a dis­trac­tion from their poor league form.

For much of the first half the Ambers held their own, frus­trat­ing the visi­tors. But ten min­utes be­fore the break a clumsy chal­lenge saw FC United awarded a penalty, an op­por­tu­nity which was quickly snapped up by Steve Ir­win.

The home team had a great chance early in the sec­ond half but Aaron Moxam saw his ef­fort saved by Lloyd Allinson.

FC United stepped things up from there, with Craig Lind­field head­ing a great chance wide and Jason Gilchrist rat­tling the bar, but found the or­gan­ised Handsworth de­fence dif­fi­cult to break down.

Still in the game late on, the home team pushed for­ward and cap­tain Pat Lind­ley grabbed a mem­o­rable goal to level things up.

FC United still had a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity to get the win but Tom Greaves’ stop­page­time ef­fort was ruled out for off­side.

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