November 4, 2012
Zola snatches replay for Brewers
Calvin Zola salvaged a replay for Burton in a 3-3 thriller against Blue Square Bet North side Altrincham.
The underdogs thought they had been handed victory in a topsy-turvy contest when Brewers defender Damien McCrory put through his own net in the 86th minute.
But Zola headed in a Jordan Chapell cross in the third minute of added time to spare the blushes of the League Two side.
Burton failed to heed the warning after surviving a major scare in the fifth minute.
Mark Oxley was adjudged to have brought down visiting midfielder Simon Richman in the area but the on-loan Hull goalkeeper redeemed himself with a brilliant one-handed saved to deny Damian Reeves from the spot.
However, Altrincham's slick football was rewarded when winger Nicky Clee beat two defenders to set up a close-range finish for Carl Rodgers in the 29th minute.
Burton suffered more embarrassment five minutes later as Nathan Stanton stabbed a Clee corner into his own net.
But the hosts were back in the contest in the 53rd minute when skipper Zander Diamond side-footed home Lee Bell's free-kick from close range.
And Burton should have been level 10 minutes later, only for Robbie Weir to blaze his spot-kick yards too high after a handling offence by Jake Moult.
It was left to Diamond to make his mark on the game for a second time when he bundled in another Bell free-kick in the 76th minute.
But McCrory handed the lead back to Altrincham when he sliced sub Duncan Watmore's cross into his own net, only for Zola's even later intervention.
|30 Mark Oxley||1 Stuart Coburn|
|4 Nathan Stanton||3 Matthew Doughty|
|5 Alexander Diamond||6 Daniel Hall|
|20 Anthony O'Connor||2 Shaun Densmore|
|23 Lee Bell||5 Scott Leather|
|19 Jacques Maghoma||4 Carl Rodgers|
|14 Damien McCrory||8 Jake Moult|
|8 Robbie Weir||7 Simon Richman|
|27 Jordan Chapell||11 Nicky Clee|
|10 Calvin Makongo Zola||19 Damien Reeves|
|29 Billy Kee||9 James Lawrie|
|16 Dean Lyness||Adam Reid 18|
|21 Marcus Holness||Sam Grimshaw 12|
|7 Cleveland Taylor||Patrick Lacey 14|
|11 Chris Palmer||Ryan Brooke 17|
|22 Jack Dyer||Danny Mitchley 16|
|9 Justin Richards||Duncan Watmore 15|
|18 Matthew Paterson|
|Ariel Borysiuk for Billy Kee (69)||Duncan Watmore for Nicky Clee (81)|
|Ryan Brooke for Damien Reeves (88)|
|Robbie Weir (67)||Shaun Densmore (38)|
|Damien Reeves (76)|
|· Squads: Burton Albion | Altrincham|