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Stroke of luck snatches Vagrants a point
2:00pm Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
A PENALTY stroke three minutes from time snatched Crewe Vagrants a draw at home to Newcastle University on Saturday.
Chris Regan converted his second penalty to level after Pete Cornell had earlier put the hosts ahead, but Newcastle dominated on Vagrants’ new pitch and were unfortunate to depart with a single point.
Cornell nearly broke the deadlock in the opening minute, latching on to a back pass and rounding the keeper only to be felled by a defender with the goal gaping.
Newcastle enjoyed the better of the early exchanges, but it was Vagrants who opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Cornell rifled in from Lewis Pantry’s cross.
The visitors pulled level almost immediately and came close to taking the lead from two further corners that were acrobatically matched by keeper Tom Wright.
Newcastle saw a lobbed close-range shot disallowed on 25 minutes but, after again being denied by Wright, took the lead eight minutes later from a corner.
Cornell’s electrifying runs seemed the hosts’ most likely means of response, but a fluffed shot and unconverted cross saw two attacks go begging.
Newcastle continued to press and after Regan leveled with a penalty stroke the visitors capitalised on Vagrants losing possession to regain the lead.
Further Cornell runs ended with shots being flashed wide, but with three minutes to spare Regan coolly converted his second penalty stoke to level once again.
Vagrants survived a Newcastle siege in the four added minutes to claim their first home point of the campaign.