Non-League Round Up: FA Competitions

by Stephen Fallows

FA Cup Third Round Replay

Wrexham became the last of the non league clubs to exit the FA Cup after a couple of fine performances from the Dragons against Brighton & Hove Albion. After the 1-1 draw at the Amex Stadium, Brighton travelled to the Racecourse Ground and again struggled to overcome the team three leagues below them.

Player manager Andy Morrell gave Wrexham the lead but substitute Ashley Barnes levelled with less than 15 minutes left to send the game into extra time. After this produced no goals it all came down to the penalty shootout where Peter Brezovan became the Seagulls’ hero, saving the first penalty of the shootout from Wrexham’s Dean Keates. Following eight successful kicks it was down to Craig Mackail–Smith to score the winning goal that gives Brighton a home tie against Premier League Newcastle in the fourth round.

FA Trophy Second Round

Hinckley United managed to take Luton Town to a replay before eventually falling to the Blue Square Premier Side. After a 0-0 draw at De Monfort Park Stadium, the prospect of Luton at Kenilworth Road was just too much for the Conference North Side. A Daniel Bragoli own goal, followed by from Amari Morgan–Smith and Stuart Fleetwood strikes saw off the lower league opponents after a fine batting performance.  York City scored six away from home for the first time in over forty years as they beat Salisbury 6-2. Goals flowed from Matty Bair (2), Jamie Reed, Paddy McLaughlin (2) and new boy Matthew Blinkhorn as the Minstermen booked their passage to Round Three. Both of Salisburys consolation goals came from Jake Reid as the home sides FA Cup form deserted them.

Kidderminster had a safe passage through to Round Three after a 5-1 win at home to Droylsden. Steve Guinan (2), Jamille Matt, Dan Bradley and Nick Wright grabbed goals for the home team with Steve Hall heading the goal that gave the Manchester based team a brief hope just before half time.  After a 2-2 draw at the International Stadium, Gateshead managed to see off Braintree, but only after a penalty shootout. Sean Marks gave the hosts the lead before Micky Cummins levelled. After a quiet extra time, Tim Deasy proved the hero saving two spot kicks, with Chris Moore’s penalty being the all-important winner.

Cambridge beat AFC Telford United 4-1 to seal their place in the next round. Dan Preston put the U’s ahead and Kevin Roberts doubled the lead early in the second half only for Telford’s Chris Sharp to bring the visitors back into the game. Ashley Carew and Liam Hughes scored deep into the second half to put the tie beyond doubt. Grimsby Town eased past AFC Hornchurch with a 4-0 win at Blundell Park. Shaun Pearson opened the scoring with Anthony Elding scoring a brace before half time. Connor Townsend added a fourth in the second half to see the Mariners through in ruthless style.

Wealdstone produced a fine comeback at home to knock out 2010 Trophy winners Barrow. The Bluebirds took the lead with a Ritchie Baker goal, but a quick reply from Richard Jolly and Britt Assombalonga became the heroes of Grosvenor Vale as the Isthmian League side produced one of the shocks of the round. The other big shock in the Second Round saw Carshalton Athletic (also of the Isthmian League) beat 3-1 Lincoln City in a replay after a 0-0 draw at Sincil Bank. Paul Vines scored a terrific hat trick in just 18 minutes as they made nonsense of the two-division gap and sent the Imps packing. Jake Sheridan scoring a consolation for the visitors.

Ebbsfleet scraped through after a tight 3-2 victory against a proud Chester FC. Callum Willock, Yado Mambo and Ricky Shakes scored for the Fleet with Matty McNeil and Jamie Rainford giving the travelling fans hope. Newport County edged past Worksop Town with a late double from Jake Harris after the home side had fought to stay level with the Exiles. Elliot Buchanan had put the visitors ahead but Massiah MacDonald had kept the home side in it until late on.

Alfreton continued their free scoring form in this years competition with a 6-0 win away at Weymouth, taking their total to 10 goals in just two games. Nathan Jarman (2), Nathan Arnold (2) and one each from Louis Molt and Paul Clayton ensured that Alfreton progressed. A single goal from Sean Canham was enough for Bath City to record a 1-0 win at home to Basingstoke Town.

In the round other ties, Dartford beat Boston United 4-2, Northwich Victoria put recent problems behind them with a 1-0 win against Staines Town. Guiseley AFC beat Stalybridge Celtic 2-0 with Hampton & Richmond Borough and East Thurrock United waiting to replay their tie after a 1-1 draw at the first attempt.

The Third Round Draw looks like this:

Kidderminster Harriers vs. Luton Town

Northwich Victoria vs. East Thurrock United / Hampton & Richmond Borough

Cambridge United vs. Guiseley AFC

Dartford vs. Wealdstone

Bath City vs. Grimsby Town

York City vs. Ebbsfleet United

Gateshead vs. Alfreton Town

Newport County vs. Carshalton Athletic

Author Info

Stephen Fallows

Stephen Fallows

Barrow AFC fan, long since joined the ranks of the disenchanted after becoming disillusioned with the Premier League juggernaut, although keeping a keen eye on all things football and like every football fan, has an opinion on whats going on.

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