First Round Qualifying
Matlock Town 1 Sleaford Town 1
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Sleaford's FA Cup adventure will last a little longer as they bridged the two step gap in status to share the spoils at Causeway Lane.
The Gladiators made the breakthrough three minutes past the hour through Jamie Jackson who slotted under Sleaford goalkeeper Andrew Scott from a Liam King through ball, but Miles Hunter spang the home offside trap five minutes later to score his eighth goal of the season in all competitions with a powerful shot into the roof of the net after Simon Bolland flicked on Andrew Scott's clearance to earn Sleaford a second chance.
Sleaford almost won it four minutes from time when substitute Tom Siddons struck the home crossbar with a chip over keeper Afam Sollitt.
Sleaford: Andrew Scott, Tom Ward, Adam Fenton, Kris Jones, Paul Ward, Temi Ajimoko, Jamie McCormack, Simon Bolland, Ryan Oliver (Tom Siddons), Miles Hunter, Gary Walters.