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Nuneaton Town 4-4 AFC Telford United

James Armson
James Armson's red card against Halifax was rescinded allowing him to play against Telford

Sean Cooke's 25-yard strike in the final seconds helped AFC Telford United earn a dramatic draw against Nuneaton.

Sam Smith gave Telford an early lead but James Armson levelled from the spot after Michael Gash was fouled.

The Bucks retook the lead when Adam Farrell netted from 12 yards but Adam Dawson's free-kick levelled.

Armson and Onome Sodje struck to give Nuneaton a 4-2 lead before Neill Byrne and Cooke both scored in added time as Telford stole an unlikely point.

It was new Telford boss Steve Kittrick's first Conference game at the helm, after taking charge for Monday night's FA Trophy first round replay win on penalties against Chester.

AFC Telford United manager Steve Kittrick told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"After we got in front at 2-1, it looked like there was only one team going on to win it. But we made a simple mistake and let them back in it. We aren't going to point fingers but we need to get out of the bottom four and mistakes like that won't help.

"It's a massive frustration, but it was a fantastic fightback and we are a point better off than we were this morning. We are playing a mini league at the bottom and, if it means that we get out the bottom four in April, that will be considered a success.

"We got into the players at half-time, and I admire them for what they have done. When we get our squad back fit we'll see what happens - at the moment it is what it is."

Line-ups

Nuneaton

  • 1Burton
  • 17Smith
  • 11Streete
  • 4Cowan
  • 3Franklin
  • 9DawsonSubstituted forQuinnat 87'minutes
  • 7Armson
  • 18Brown
  • 6Walker
  • 14Gash
  • 28Sodje

Substitutes

  • 2Starosta
  • 20Kavanagh
  • 21Quinn
  • 26Fowler
  • 32Richards

Telford

  • 1Hedge
  • 23Higgins
  • 6Grogan
  • 4ByrneBooked at 37mins
  • 3Brownhill
  • 10GraySubstituted forCookeat 71'minutes
  • 8Barnett
  • 21Todd
  • 15Owens
  • 9Farrell
  • 18Smith

Substitutes

  • 12Cooke
  • 13Pryce
  • 19Deacey
  • 25Hall
Referee:
Stephen Ross
Attendance:
1,017

Match Stats

Home TeamNuneatonAway TeamTelford
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home2
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Nuneaton Town 4, AFC Telford United 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Nuneaton Town 4, AFC Telford United 4.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Nuneaton Town 4, AFC Telford United 4. Sean Cooke (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Nuneaton Town 4, AFC Telford United 3. Neill Byrne (AFC Telford United) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Higgins with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Corner, AFC Telford United.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Nuneaton Town. Onome Sodje tries a through ball, but Onome Sodje is caught offside.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Nuneaton Town. Ryan Quinn replaces Adam Dawson.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Nuneaton Town. Onome Sodje tries a through ball, but Onome Sodje is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Higgins (AFC Telford United).

  10. Post update

    Onome Sodje (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sam Smith (AFC Telford United).

  12. Post update

    Theo Streete (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Armson (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Nuneaton Town 4, AFC Telford United 2. Onome Sodje (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Higgins (AFC Telford United).

  16. Post update

    Adam Walker (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Nuneaton Town 3, AFC Telford United 2. James Armson (Nuneaton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Higgins (AFC Telford United).

  19. Post update

    Onome Sodje (Nuneaton Town) wins a free kick.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Telford United. Sean Cooke replaces Tony Gray.

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