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Smith strikes late for Lewes to force a replay

Late leveller: Lewes striker Jonté Smith

Jonté Smith struck a late leveller to help Lewes secure a 2-2 draw and force an FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round replay against higher-league opposition Hemel Hempstead on Saturday

Trailing 2-0 in the second half against their National League South opposition, Lewes, who play in the Isthmian League Premier Division, reduced the deficit before Smith seized his moment.

Smith, who was absent from Bermuda’s recent 1-0 victory over El Salvador in their Concacaf Nations League qualifier, got on the end of a low drilled cross from the left-hand side to smartly poke the ball beyond the goalkeeper, snatching the draw to force a replay tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in the same competition, Amar Lewis came on as a second-half substitute in Brightlingsea Regent’s goalless draw away at lower-league Hayes and Yeading.

Despite facing ten men from the 28th minute, Lewis’s Regent, who play in the Isthmian League South Division could not find a breakthrough against their Isthmian League South Central Division hosts.

The FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round replay will take place tomorrow at Brightlingsea Regent’s North Road Stadium.

Nahki Wells played 89 minutes as Queens Park Rangers secured a promising point away at Stoke City after a 2-2 draw.

Retaining his starting place upfront for Steve McClaren’s in-form side, Wells lead the line but their two goals came from an unlikely source as right back Àngel Rangel struck twice to snatch a point that leaves QPR ninth in the Sky Bet Championship. Wells could be back in league action tomorrow as QPR travel to Rotherham United.

Elsewhere, Reggie Lambe featured for 72 minutes as Cambridge United came from two goals down to snatch a point against Bury in League Two. Despite being reduced to ten men after 55 minutes, Lambe’s side were able to battle to a draw, which leaves Cambridge in 21st place in the table, ahead of a trip to Crewe Alexandra tomorrow.