November 3, 2012
George spares Walsall blushes
George Bowerman's late equaliser rescued Walsall's FA Cup hopes as they were given a scare by non league Lincoln in a 1-1 draw at Sincil Bank.
The striker struck in the 85th minute after Jamie Taylor's impudent first-half chip looked set to send the Imps through to the second round.
Alan Power struck the bar for the hosts while Walsall offered little before Bowerman's seventh goal of the season spared the League One side's blushes.
The hosts recalled Gary Mills and Peter Gilbert while Walsall were robbed of Stoke loanee Florent Cuvelier - out with a hamstring injury - but recalled Bowerman.
Dean Holden whistled an effort just over for Walsall after 12 minutes before Lincoln began to threaten and Power thumped the bar from 15 yards and Mills' follow-up was turned wide by David Grof.
But Taylor capped an otherwise forgettable first half when he delightfully chipped over Grof from an angle in stoppage time to fire the Imps ahead.
The brave Blue Square Premier hosts deserved their lead and Grof's smart stop denied Taylor a second 11 minutes after the break.
Wretched Walsall failed to test Paul Farman until Bowerman's smart header - from Richard Taundry's throw - forced a replay.
Jake Sheridan could have won it for Lincoln late on but fired wide in stoppage time.
|1 Paul Farman||1 David Grof|
|20 Tommy Miller||25 James Chambers|
|30 Peter Gilbert||5 Dean Holden|
|5 Andrew Boyce||4 Andy Butler|
|4 Gary Mills||14 Ben Purkiss|
|15 Daniel Gray||7 Adam Chambers|
|12 Jake Sheridan||6 Nicky Featherstone|
|8 Alan Power||11 Ashley Hemmings|
|37 Mamadou Fofana||10 Jamie Paterson|
|10 Jamie Taylor||9 William Grigg|
|7 Adam Smith||17 George Bowerman|
|27 Jake Turner||James Walker 23|
|3 John Nutter||Richard Taundry 2|
|2 Paul Robson||Paul Downing 22|
|16 Nicky Nicolau||Jake Jones 16|
|26 Geoffrey Gouveia||James Baxendale 24|
|34 Colin Larkin||Kieron Morris 21|
|14 Vadaine Oliver||Aaron Williams 19|
|Colin Larkin for Adam Smith (78)||Jake Jones for Ashley Hemmings (58)|
|Nicky Nicolau for Alan Power (78)||Aaron Williams for William Grigg (70)|
|Vadaine Oliver for Jamie Taylor (84)||Richard Taundry for Jamie Paterson (80)|
|Ben Purkiss (83)|
|· Squads: Lincoln City | Walsall|