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Posted Sat 12 Nov 11 at 17:11 PM

ARGYLE 3 STOURBRIDGE 3

Argyle 3
Feeney 4
Fletcher 70
Bhasera 88

Stourbridge 3
Drake 37
Rowe 53
Geddes pen 82

by CHRIS PARSONS

BOTH Argyle and Stourbridge will feature in Sunday's FA Cup second-round draw as the side from the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division held the Pilgrims to a thrilling 3-3 draw at Home Park.

When Warren Feeney nodded the Pilgrims into the lead after only four minutes, it looked to be plain sailing for Argyle and Glassboys midfielder Aaron Drake's equaliser against the run of play seemed only a temporary setback to the confident Greens.


But when Ryan Rowe scored seven minutes into the second half, things changed and the Pilgrims found themselves on the back foot.


They rallied, though, and equalised through Carl Fletcher, only for Stourbridge to take the lead again, this time from the panalty spot via Sean Geddis.


Robbie Williams was dismissed for his part in the penalty and, at that point, it was not looking like Argyle's day.


But Onismor Bhasera, the sponsors' man of the match, was on hand just two minutes from time to save the day for Argyle with an impressive solo goal.


It then got even worse when Conor Hourihane was sent-off in injury-time for his second bookable offence.


Argyle manager Fletcher had opted for three changes from the unspeakably cruel 1-1 draw with Morecambe seven days previously.


The first change came in the heart of defence where full-back Williams was deployed at the expense of Middlesbrough loanee Ben Gibson.


In midfield, Will Atkinson was preferred to Luke Young whilst in attack, Matt Lecointe returned in place of Under--18 team-mate Jared Sims.

With FA Cup rules allowing teams to name up to seven substitutes, there was a place for schoolboy goalkeeper Christian Walton. The Wadebridge Community College student had turned 16 only on Wednesday and having been an ever-present in Kevin Hodges' under 18s side all season was rewarded with a seat on the bench.

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Argyle kicked-off the game towards to the Barn Park End and from the first whistle, dominated possession.

Then, with just four minutes on the clock, they took the lead.

After a nice little interplay down the right between Atkinson and Paul Bignot, the latter whipped in a cross directly on to the head of Feeney who finished with aplomb into the roof of the net.

The goal proved to cement the Pilgrims' superiority and, bar a wayward cross that forced Romain Larrieu out of his goal to claim, Argyle stayed in possession with ease, knocking it freely from one side of the park to the other.

Although in control, Argyle weren't resting on the their laurels and Atkinson had an effort reminiscent of his goal earlier in the season against Rotherham before Conor Hourihane saw his attempt saved by Glassboys' 'keeper Lewis Solly.

On the half-hour mark, Fletcher talked himself into the book after being pulled up for what looked like a fair challenge. The Argyle manager will now miss the Devon Derby clash with Torquay next weekend having accumulated five yellows cards this term.

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Out of nowhere, having barely contributed for half an hour, Stourbridge were level.

When Larrieu made a good save from a Ryan Rowe strike, danger looked to be cleared until Sam Rock's hurried ball back in met Broadhurst's head.

His cushioned flick fell straight into the path of Drake who guided it home with an outstretched leg.

Suddenly, the Glassboys were awake and threatened again soon after when Broadhurst headed into the side-netting from a Rowe cross.

Reactions at the half-time whistle were mixed but one thing was for sure; Argyle needed to start the second-half exactly as they had the first.

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Quite simply, they did not and, against all odds, the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division side took the lead when Rowe, a thorn in Argyle's side all afternoon, expertly lobbed Larrieu from the edge of the area before burying himself in the ecstatic Stourbridge support.

HomeParkwas shell-shocked but were again on their feet again when a goalmouth scramble allowed Williams, who had slipped in the build up to the Glassboys' goal, to get a shot off. Somehow, though, it was saved by Solly.

Atkinson was next to go close but again Solly was more than equal to the winger's half-volley effort before Lecointe pushed his shot just wide after a spill from the goalkeeper.

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Chances were piling up and the Pilgrims were finally level 20 minutes from time, albeit in fortunate circumstances when Fletcher led by example by firing a massively deflected shot into the far corner from the edge of the box.

The visitors were now under severe pressure and it was Fletcher again who went close with a 30-yard drive that soared just past the angle of the goal.

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Just like they had been in the first half, Stourbridge, out of nowhere, were again in front when Williams' foul on Rowe inside the box was punished with a penalty.

Williams was sent-off as Geddes converted.

Just like they had before, Argyle threw everything at Stourbridge in hope of an equaliser and having chucked everything into the box were duly rewarded when Bhasera ran the ball into the box, placed it between the legs of Solly and into the bottom corner.

As the game descended into its final moments, Hourihane was given his marching orders for a second-bookable offence as the Pilgrims limped to a replay at the War Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, November 22.

Argyle (4-4-2):1 Romain Larrieu; 28 Paul Bignot, 6 Curtis Nelson, 3 Robbie Williams, 14 Onismor Bhasera; 21 Will Atkinson, 4 Carl Fletcher, 8 Simon Walton (capt), 20 Conor Hourihane; 11 Warren Feeney (24 Isaac Vassell 85), 27 Matt Lecointe. Substitutes (not used): 2 Durrell Berry, 15 Luke Young, 17 Jared Sims, 18 Jordan Copp, 19 Ben Gibson, 30 Christian Walton (gk).

Sent off: Williams 82, Hourihane 90.

Booked:Hourihane 10, Fletcher 29, Bhasera 82.

Stourbridge (4-5-1):1 Lewis Solly; 4 Paul McCone, 6 Nathan Bennett, 7 Sam Smith, 2 Sam Rock (17 Sean Evans 75); 11 Aaron Drake (14 Josh Craddock 70), 3 Paul Lloyd, 5 Sean Geddes, 8 Leon Broadhurst, 10 Ben Billingham (capt); 9 Ryan Rowe. Substitutes (not used): 12 Drew Canavan, 13 John Bateman (gk),15 James Dyson, 16 Craig Slater.

Booked:Geddes 58, McCone 68.

Referee: Simon Hooper.

Attendance:6,173 (865 away).

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