Eastbourne Borough v Hendon: FA Cup match report

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Eastbourne Borough and Hendon will have to do it all again this Tuesday night after today’s FA Cup clash ended in a 2-2 draw.

Borough were not at their best in this Preliminary third round qualifier and fans will be relieved to get a second chance against their North London opponents.

After a scoreless first half, Hendon took the lead on 48 minutes.

The pace in the visitors attack of Greg Ngoyi and Elliott Charles caused problems throughout for the Borough rearguard.

And on 48 minutes when Charles intercepted a slack Ben Adelsbury pass he played in Ngoyi who finished well beyond Borough stopper Kick Jordan to make it 1-0..

It took until 71 minutes for Widdrington’s men to level the scores. Ben Adams, making his first start of the season, delivered an inviting cross and the reliable Chris Shephard was on hand to score.

The visitors replied instantly and restored their one-goal advantage a minute later. Isiah Rankin won a loose ball, played in Ngoyi and the striker powered home his and Hendon’s second.

With £7,500 in FA Cup prize money on the table and a place closer to the first round proper at stake, supporters, player and management looked anxious.

Boss Tommy Widdrington produced a wildcard and called on new 6 ft 5” striker David Obaze and he didn’t let his side down.

The target man used his height well and nodded down a long throw and Shephard squeezed in a shot to make it 2-2.

Eastbourne: Jordan, Hamilton, Cole, Adelsbury (Lok 60) Rowe, Uddin, Adams (Obaze 84), Johnson, Knight (Gorman 60), Remy, Shephard.