SEAN HAZELDEN scored a last-gasp equaliser to earn 10-man AFC Emley a replay against Hallam in the FA Cup preliminary round.
He struck with barely a minute left to force a 2-2 draw in a tie switched to the Welfare Ground, just when it seemed the visitors would go through.
A large number of the 226 crowd started heading for the gates when Richard Carrington gave Hallam the lead for the second time from the spot with just seven minutes left – but there was a sting in the tail and the replay will now take place on Wednesday (7.45), again at the Welfare Ground.
It was a creditable effort for AFC to take a share of the spoils after twice being behind and after playing 42 minutes of the second half with only 10 men following the dismissal of midfielder Anthony Leech.
Hallam took the lead just before half time after a break down the right, Carrington weaving to the edge of the box and beating Emley keeper Richard Ayres low to his left corner.
Hallam sat back as soon as Leech got his marching orders and a long-range Emley shot hit the angle of bar and post.
With time running out, Emley drew level through Russ Green on 83 minutes after a dangerous cross into the six-yard box, but it was only the start of the drama.
There was no disputing the penalty from which Carrington sent Ayres the wrong way from the spot, while Hazelden did superbly to rise above defenders and glance home his last-ditch saver.
l Former Town midfielder Chris Billy made his debut for Lee Sinnott’s Farsley Celtic on Saturday and helped them to a 2-1 home win against Northwich Victoria in the Blue Square Premier. Billy has signed from Halifax.