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Wells scores vital equaliser in Cup clash

Nahki Wells saved Queens Park Rangers' blushes away to lower-league Portsmouth, as his equaliser helped keep alive his side's hopes of ending a 22-year wait for an FA Cup fourth-round victory on Saturday.

QPR looked destined to join ­Norwich City on Sky Bet League One promotion chasers Portsmouth's list of Championship scalps after defender Joel Lynch had unwittingly diverted Lee Brown's harmless cross past Joe Lumley and into his own goal after 63 minutes.

However, with only 16 minutes remaining, Wells showed his predatory ­instincts to score the equaliser from close range after Luke Freeman's corner had sparked a goalmouth scramble.

Meanwhile, Wells's Bermuda team-mate Danté Leverock scored his first goal for Sligo Rovers, as the Irish team won their preseason friendly against Galway United 3-0.

Leverock, who joined Sligo last month from Estonian outfit Narva Trans after agreeing to the terms of a one-year deal, opened the scoring from a tap-in from a free kick.

Regan Donelon doubled the lead with a fine strike from a free kick, before Donelon made it three with an even more impressive set-piece, curling the ball into the net from 25 yards.

On a negative note, Leverock was forced off injured in the final minute with a minor ankle injury.

He faces a race against time to be fit for Sligo's next match, which comes in the form of Ballinamallard tomorrow.

Reggie Lambe played no part as Cambridge United suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Exeter City in their League Two encounter.

The home side snatched all three points courtesy of Nicky Law's 82nd-minute strike. The defeat leaves Cambridge in 20th position, five points clear of the relegation zone.

Jonté Smith came on as a second-half substitute as Lewes went down to a 2-1 loss against Harlow Town in the Bostik League Premier Division.

Harlow Town broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute through Nathan Koranteng, only for Lewes to level just four minutes later through Dayshonne Golding.

However, Harlow grabbed what proved to the winner in the 76th minute as Drew Richardson struck. Lewes remain in third place after the defeat.

Staying in the Bostik League Premier Division, Amar Lewis did not feature as his Brightlingsea Regent side settled for a share of the spoils in a 2-2 draw away to Wingate and Finchley.

On Target: Nahki Wells struck a vital equaliser against Portsmouth

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Published January 28, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated January 28, 2019 at 12:18 am)

Wells scores vital equaliser in Cup clash

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