Last night’s second round FA Cup match between non-league Droylsden and League Two’s Chesterfield ended in hugely controversial circumstances, with the professionals allowing the amateurs to walk in a late equaliser after scoring an unsavoury goal to take a 2-1 lead in the tie.
With ten minutes left to play, Droylsden kicked the ball into touch as one of their players needed treatment for an injury. However, rather than simply returning the ball the visitors, as is common etiquette in such situations, Chesterfield striker Jack Lester lobbed keeper Craig Mawson from the resulting throw-in, leading to a huge melee on the pitch between the two sides as the ref had no option but to rule that the goal should stand.
With the match quickly descending into a farce as the players began pushing and shoving, the hosts looked to rectify the wrong by deciding to give Droylsden a free goal to cancel out the injustice, with Steve Halford scoring unchallenged minutes later to send the match into a replay.
Video footage of the event can be seen here.