Shirebrook play out 1-1 draw with Heanor in FA Vase

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SHIREBROOK and Heanor have to do it all again after 120 minutes of football failed to find a winner in their FA Vase clash on Saturday.

Heanor began the 1-1 draw as favourites, if only by virtue of their one level higher status, and Shirebrook’s cause wasn’t helped when they lost left full-back Tom Rowbotham to an ankle injury just 10 minutes in.

Heanor finally broke the deadlock when Neil Grayson headed home two minutes into the second half

After two consecutive corners from Foster on the right, the ball found its way back out to the corner-taker and he crossed it perfectly into the box for Grayson to head downwards and into the net from 10 yards.

But Heanor’s joy was short-lived as Shirebrook pressed for an immediate reply and three minutes later the visitors struggled with Jackson’s corner and the ball back from the half-clearance, and Tom Mullen levelled the scores with a stinging shot from the corner of the box on the right that keeper Lillie couldn’t keep out of the net at the near post.

Shirebrook survived a scare after Hallam missed Hall’s corner from the right and Dwayne Whiley headed goalwarsd at the far post, but Robert Ludlam was on hand to clear the ball off the line with the home keeper stranded.

Heanor went closest in extra-time, Vernon having to clear the ball off the line at the base of the far post from Whiley’s header off Hall’s corner on the left.

But Shirebrook deserved their replay in the end.

In midweek Shirebrook Town progressed to the second round stage of the Derbyshire Senior Cup on penalties, but plucky Cheshire League First Division side Gamesley FC pushed them all the way in a 0-0 draw at Langwith Road.

On Saturday Shirebrook return to their league programme when they make the trip to Scunthorpe against NCEL Division One opponents Appleby Frodingham (3pm).