The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH - By Richard Wor­ton

THE BUCKS left it late to main­tain their un­beaten home record, an 89th-minute goal from close range by Henry Cowans can­celling out Con­nor Di­maio’s opener.

County edged the first half, one in which it took both sides a while to get go­ing. Frank Mul­h­ern was the fo­cal point and it was a cor­ner that he earned, forc­ing a save from Max Bram­ley, that lead to County go­ing ahead.

Bram­ley didn’t get a de­ci­sive punch clear, and Con­nor Di­maio picked the ball up and placed a pre­cise ef­fort home.

County could have dou­bled their lead early in the sec­ond half; Mul­h­ern’s bi­cy­cle kick from 10 yards af­ter Dar­ren Stephenson’s blocked ef­fort smacked off the cross­bar, then an Adam Thomas header from a cor­ner struck the post.

In be­tween, Ben Hinch­cliffe’s ter­rific dou­ble save de­nied first Darryl Knights off the cross­bar, the keeper block­ing Daniel Udoh’s fol­low-up with his face.

Gavin Cowan changed the Bucks’ for­ma­tion, and on 89 min­utes, Cowans bagged.

Jim Gan­non’s side will prob­a­bly feel hard done by, hav­ing wasted early chances when on top, whilst Gavin Cowan praised his side’s pa­tience and char­ac­ter to take a point in a tense en­counter.

STAR MAN: Henry Cowans (AFC Telford) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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