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Report and pictures of Basingstoke 1 Telford 1

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AFC Telford United remain in the hat for the FA Cup second round after drawing 1-1 at Basingstoke.

But Liam Watson's side will need a replay to advance, after Chris Flood's second-half header cancelled out Rod McDonald's early opener.

The hosts made a marginally better start but McDonald put the Bucks ahead with a deflected free-kick after 18 minutes.

Telford had stand-in skipper Sean Clancy to thank midway through the half though for preventing Jamie Brown equalising at the far post.

The Dragons' midfielder looked odds on to head home Tom Bird's left-wing cross but Clancy arrived just in time to nod the ball behind.

Shaun McAuley should have succeeded where Brown failed though 11 minutes before the break when he was left unmarked in the box.

But he could only prod another clever Tom Bird delivery wide from a central position.

Striker Chris Flood also missed the target with a header in the final minute of the half, having been leaning back.

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The hosts finally hauled themselves level five minutes after the re-start though when Flood nodded home at the near post from a corner-kick.

They could have had a second soon afterwards but none of his team mates could get a touch on McAuley's excellent cross into the box.

But Telford almost restored the lead when Sean Cooke drilled just wide with a deflected free kick from the edge of the area.

Bird was not far away for Basingstoke with a long-range effort at the other end though.

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And the Dragons failed to make the most of several free-kicks just outside the penalty area.

Louie Soares should have at least hit the target in the final minute of normal time after McDonald's error and Clancy's slip let him in.

The midfielder could only slice wide of the near post though and McAuley smashed an even more inviting chance over the cross bar in stoppage time.

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