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The Lions travelled to Egham Town FC on Saturday, and managed to come away with a point after a blustery battle at the Runnymede.

A very strong Egham side may be left wondering what could’ve been, after two rightfully disallowed goals and numerous missed chances; but Wembley proved to be more clinical, with super Sub Qasim Khan bagging the equaliser.

Manager Ian Bates named a strong lineup, with Goalkeeper Pryzmeyslaw Mierwza taking the gloves from last week’s stand in Jermaine Heron.

The match started fast for Egham, who had the ball in the back of the Wembley net after only Three minutes. The goal however, was ruled out for a handball and the Lions were let off.

Chances then came for both sides, with Mierzwa acrobatically keeping out a high strike, and the resulting corner turning into Wembley counter attack; forcing a low save from Edesbe between the Egham sticks.

By the 20th minute the Sarnies had the ball in Wembley’s net again, but this time ruled out for offside, met by little protest from the Egham team.

The dynamic of the game slowly became a defensive display from the Lions, who were looking to get some joy on the counter attack. An injury to Obamakinwa saw Ned Jones come on to offer some more counter-attacking pace up front.

A sensational set of goalline clearances kept Egham out from both a chipped shot and the resulting corner, with the Lions clinging on for half time.

Ethan Tyrer was shown a yellow card for bringing down an Egham man on the counter attack, running down the clock to the break.

Egham hit the ground running after the interval and had golden opportunity to take the lead on the 49th minute, but a close range shot was only troubling the birds behind the West Stand.

A goal however did finally come for the hosts after a low shot from the right side of the box was parried out by Mierzwa, straight into the path of Danny Campion, who had been causing havoc all match.

The Lions then had to dig in to try and salvage the match, whilst keeping the deficit at only one. Alfie Bates saw yellow from the referee after a trip to deny a counter attack.

The 75th Minute saw Ian Bates make another change, with Qasim Khan coming on to replace Mahad Osman. Shortly after, Sam Adetiba saw his close range effort somehow loop over the bar.

Mierzwa had to stay sharp throughout the spell of Wembley Pressure however, and was called upon again to make another strong save.

The breakthrough from the Lions finally came in the 86th minute, courtesy of Qasim Khan and a powerful left-footed finish. A strong run from the Towering Striker created a bit of space in the box, and he made no mistake with the finish.

A strong finish to the game from Wembley showed great intent for them to win, with Jones having a chance from mid range late on, but the Egham keeper matching it to bring the game to an end at 1-1.

The Lions now look forward to Tuesday, and a return to Vale Farm carpet against Southall FC.

Wembley FC: Mierzwa, Osborne, Obamakinwa, Tyrer, Payne, Bernard, Bates, Adetiba, Osman, Fehmi-Gil (C), Iley. Subs: Jones, Khan (85′), Mota, Egbon, I. Bates.

Egham Town FC:Edegbe, Harrack, Brophy, Brown, Yorke (C), Masembe, Robinson, Goode-Keeley, Campion, Matthew, Sharif. Substitutes: Gangadeen, Dehghani, Trujillo, Maguire, Phillips

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Tom Gourley
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