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Meadow Lane Stadium (ATT 8,891) 5th September 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Woolmer

Notts Co Notts County vs Burton Albion Burton Alb

Notts Co 1

K Hawley (54)

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Burton Alb 1

R Walker (84)

Burton hold Magpies to draw

Late goal earns a point for Peschisolido's men

By James Riach.   Last Updated: 05/09/09 5:23pm

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Walker: Late hero

Walker: Late hero

Sol Campbell was in the stands at Meadow Lane to see his Notts County side draw 1-1 with Burton Albion.

Substitute Richard Walker equalised for Burton with just six minutes remaining after Karl Hawley put the home side ahead with a long-range strike at the start of the second half.

It was the newest club in the football league that started brightest, with Albion forward Greg Pearson testing County keeper Kasper Schmeichel several times in the opening stages.

But the oldest club in the league weathered the early storm and nearly took the lead just before the break when Jamie Clapham hit a right-foot shot just over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

County manager Ian McParland got his side well and truly fired up during the interval and they came flying out of the blocks in the second half.

Albion defender Guy Branston got a crucial tackle on Karl Hawley as he surged through on goal and Lee Hughes missed a glorious chance soon after - the striker could not quite get a touch on a ball over the top with the goal at his mercy.

Celebrating

But the County fans were celebrating soon after when Hawley found the back of the net on 54 minutes with an excellent long-range effort that looped into the top corner.

Burton tried to make amends immediately and Pearson flashed another shot just wide of Schmiechel's post. The Magpies had their keeper to thank once more when he produced a fine save to deny Shaun Harrad moments later after poor defending.

County were next to go close and were desperately unlucky when the lively Johnnie Jackson hit the crossbar with a superb free-kick, with Lee Hughes hitting a shot just wide in the resulting melee.

But a late substitution from Burton manager Paul Peschisolido proved fruitful as Richard Walker squirmed inside the County box and lashed his shot past Schmeichel, having only been on the pitch for five minutes.

And Albion nearly grabbed all three points but a vicious strike from Russell Penn came flying back off the post.

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2 Chesterfield 43 75
3 Rochdale 43 75
4 Fleetwood Town 43 72
5 Burton Albion 43 71
6 Southend United 43 65
7 York City 43 64
8 Oxford United 43 62
9 Plymouth Argyle 43 58
10 Bury 43 57
11 Dagenham & Redbridge 43 57
12 Mansfield Town 43 57
13 Newport County AFC 43 54
14 Portsmouth 43 54
15 AFC Wimbledon 43 53
16 Cheltenham Town 43 52
17 Accrington Stanley 43 51
18 Morecambe 43 50
19 Hartlepool United 43 49
20 Exeter City 43 49
21 Wycombe Wanderers 43 47
22 Bristol Rovers 43 47
23 Northampton Town 43 47
24 Torquay United 43 39

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