Pompey 2-2 Aldershot report

Pompey in action at home to Aldershot Town in the FA Cup. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey in action at home to Aldershot Town in the FA Cup. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Pompey’s four-year wait for a win in the FA Cup continues after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Aldershot Town at Fratton Park this afternoon.

Jed Wallace had fired the League Two side ahead from the penalty spot with 15 minutes on the clock - following Glenn Wilson’s foul on Craig Westcarr.

But in an end-to-end first period, the Conference Premier visitors snatched an equalising goal when Jordan Roberts tapped home Dan Holman’s inviting cross on the stroke of half-time.

An upset then appeared on the cards when Mark Molesley fired home for the Shots after substitute Ben Close had been caught in possession on 68 minutes.

But the Blues rescued a replay and maintained their unbeaten record against non-league opponents in the competition when Danny Hollands nodded home Ricky Holmes’ cross 10 minutes from time.

Andy Awford’s men then had to play out the final throes with 10 men as Paul Robinson was sent off for a second bookable offence when Roberts was felled.

The Blues’ winless run in the competition now stretches back six matches to the semi-final triumph over Spurs in April 2010.

Awford’s men enter Monday night’s FA Cup second-round draw (7pm, BBC Two) as ball number 19, but will have to win at the Recreation Ground if they are to earn a potential third-round showdown with Premier League opposition.