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Report: Bury 2 AFC Wimbledon 2

5 November 2016

Shakers go into the hat for the Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round

Two goals from Hallam Hope were not enough to separate both sides after a second half comeback by the visitors.
Hope converted two goals in two minutes sending the Shakers into the break 2-0 up. 
AFC Wimbledon fought back in the second half thanks to goals from Lyle Taylor and substitute Tom Elliott to battle for a first round replay in ten days time.
David Flitcroft was forced into making a change in the midfield, Danny Mayor was out suspended with five yellow cards with Zeli Ismail replacing the winger. Niall Maher dropped to the bench, and Hope stepped in for a more attacking position as striker.
Five minutes into the match and the Shakers defence allowed Tyrone Barnett to turn on the edge of the penalty area but Tom Soares did well to close the danger and block the incoming shot on target.
Then, Hope tried his luck at the other end as his low attempted shot squeezed through a crowd of bodies, and fell just inches wide of the target.
Hope was the main attacking threat for the Shakers, and on 23 minutes, his dangerous run into the penalty area provoked James Shea to rush out of his goal. It looked as though the Wimbledon shot stopper brought Hope down inside the box but the referee waved away the appeals.
Four minutes later and Hope terrorised the Wimbledon defence again, this time he had the audacity to lob Shea from just inside the penalty area, picking out the bottom corner of the net for the opening goal of the game.
The 22-year-old was at it again two minutes later. Full of confidence, Hope ran through on goal and fired the ball across the goalkeeper and into the bottom left corner to make it 2-0.
Wimbledon pressurised the Shakers defence late in the first half as Chris Robertson aimed his close range shot over the crossbar. Likewise, an unmarked Barnett misjudged his header in front of goal, heading the ball downwards and into the clutches of Ben Williams. 
Lyle Taylor fashioned a way back into the game for the away side on the 61st minute. Catching the Shakers defence unaware as they played the offside trap, Taylor ran the length of the Bury half before smashing the ball past Williams and into the top corner of the goal.
The equaliser came soon after. Ex-Shaker Tom Elliott marked his return to Gigg Lane with a header from a set piece that nestled into the back of the net, just one minute after Williams had pulled off an excellent save to deny substitute Chris Whelpdale.
With 82 minutes on the clock, the Shakers had a great chance to put themselves back in the lead. Jacob Mellis played Hope through on goal; the latter’s shot did not trouble Shea too much, before Zeli Ismail rushed his effort as he attempted to direct the rebound goalwards.
The cup competitions continue this Tuesday as next up for the Shakers are Stoke City Under 21s in the final game of the Checkatrade Trophy Group C.
Attendance: 2,346 (249 away fans)
Bury starting line-up: Williams, Leigh, Kay, Soares, Tutte, Mellis, Danns, Walker, Ismail (G. Miller 85), Hope, Vaughan
Unused subs: Dudley, Burgess, Rachubka, Maher, Bedeau
AFC Wimbledon starting line-up: Shea, Fuller, Meades, Robinson, Francomb (Parrett 64), Reeves, Beere (Whelpdale 64), Barcham, Barnett (Elliott 54), Taylor, Robertson
Unused subs: Bulman, Nightingale, Fitzpatrick, McDonnell

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