Sep 24 2012 By Tim Poole
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GARY Meakin believes the dismissal of Northwood skipper Reece Yorke transformed the complexion of his side’s FA Cup tie with AFC Dunstable.
The Woods boss admitted his satisfaction with remaining in the tournament but suggested the home side should have put the tie beyond doubt before the sending off.
“Before the red card, we could have been out of sight,” Meakin said. “But after we went down to 10 men, we invited them onto us so I am more than pleased we are still in this.”
“The red card was given for denying a goal scoring opportunity, but if you look he is 30 yards out. I don’t think it was the right decision.”
The Woods got off to the perfect start after James McCluskey fired them into the lead on four minutes and Adamson Ajayi’s repeated surges down the right threatened to add more.
However the game turned on 40 minutes as Yorke’s sending off left the hosts rueing their inability to find an elusive second.
A defence-splitting pass saw Dunstable’s Jason Blackett through on goal before Yorke brought him down outside the box and was shown a straight red.
The visitors then piled on the pressure and were rewarded in the 75th minute when Bernard Christie levelled with a thunderous left-foot half-volley.
Yet it was Northwood who came closest to finding the winner, however John Christian missed a penalty on 81 minutes to force a replay.