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Generals leave it late to go top

A LAST-GASP own goal saw Chesham United snatch a point and rise to the top of the table.

A LAST-GASP own goal saw Chesham United snatch a point and rise to the top of the table.

The Generals were below-par against Oxford City on Tuesday night but did enough to salvage a 1-1 draw and go top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division table.

Their opponents were chasing the same target and came out of the blocks quickly at The Meadow with Steve Basham firing straight at Shane Gore when he pounced on a Rob Bartley error.

Oxford had the best chances in the first-half with Michael Lyon also curling an effort wide as Chesham struggled to respond.

They looked to have been punished when they failed to defend a 77 th minute corner to allow Andy Ballard to tap in from close range.

But the goal finally spurred the Generals into life with Simon Thomas heading over and substitute Chris Watters having a fine long-range effort saved by City goalkeeper Keith McLoughlin.

Skipper Danny Talbot rattled the woodwork as Chesham got closer to the equaliser that finally arrived in stoppage time when Chris Wilmott could only turn a corner into his own net.

With the three points awarded from their successful FA appeal, it meant Andy Leese's side leapfrogged Leamington on goal difference to the summit.

 
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