SLOUGH Town twice fought back from falling behind to draw 3-3 at Chippenham Town in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday, writes Rob Stevens.

The Rebels have ambitions to reach the first round proper for the third season in a row but needed a goal from Ryan Bird two minutes into time added on to remain in the national competition.

Chippenham broke the deadlock at Hardenhuish Park when Kieran Parselle was allowed a free header from a long ball into the box after 37 minutes.

Ben Harris was unfortunate not to equalise as his free-kick beat keeper Will Puddy but hit the post. The ball however bounced kindly for Sam Togwell to tap in for his second goal of the season in the 40th minute.

The visitors took a narrow advantage into the break after Matthew Lench delivered a free-kick to the back post where Harris volleyed in on 45 minutes. It is the in-form striker's sixth goal of the season and fourth in three matches.

Slough suffered a blow at half-time when Josh Jackman, making his 100th appearance for the club, was forced off through injury and replaced by Sean Fraser.

The home team were fortunate not to be reduced to 10 men early in the second half as keeper Puddy appeared to throw Daniel Roberts to the flow in an off-the-ball incident that was not seen by the referee of his two assistants.

Chippenham levelled the scores at 2-2 when Jay Foulston found the top corner with a free-kick that gave keeper Jack Turner no chance after 62 minutes.

The hosts then restored their lead as a shot from Karnell Chambers took a big deflection and the ball spun past the stranded Turner in the 76th minute.

Slough however kept themselves in the hat for the draw for the fourth qualifying round when Lench delivered a corner kick into the box and Bird powered in an equalising goal - his first strike since signing for The Rebels in the summer.

The FA Cup third qualifying round replay will take place at Arbour Park on Tuesday (7.45pm).