Zola snatches replay for Burton
Last Updated: 04/11/12 6:12pm
Zola: To the rescue for Brewers
Calvin Zola salvaged a replay for Burton in a 3-3 thriller against Blue Square Bet North side Altrincham in their FA Cup first-round clash.
The underdogs thought they had been handed victory in a topsy-turvy contest when Brewers defender Damien McCrory put through his own net in the 86th minute.
But Zola headed in a Jordan Chapell cross in the third minute of added time to spare the blushes of the League Two side.
Burton failed to heed the warning after surviving a major scare in the fifth minute. Mark Oxley was adjudged to have brought down visiting midfielder Simon Richman in the area but the on-loan Hull goalkeeper redeemed himself with a brilliant one-handed saved to deny Damian Reeves from the spot.
However, Altrincham's slick football was rewarded when winger Nicky Clee beat two defenders to set up a close-range finish for Carl Rodgers in the 29th minute.
Burton suffered more embarrassment five minutes later as Nathan Stanton stabbed a Clee corner into his own net.
But the hosts were back in the contest in the 53rd minute when skipper Zander Diamond side-footed home Lee Bell's free-kick from close range.
And Burton should have been level 10 minutes later, only for Robbie Weir to blaze his spot-kick yards too high after a handling offence by Jake Moult.
It was left to Diamond to make his mark on the game for a second time when he bundled in another Bell free-kick in the 76th minute.
But McCrory handed the lead back to Altrincham when he sliced sub Duncan Watmore's cross into his own net, only for Zola's even later intervention.