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Second Round Proper
Saturday 1 December 2012
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Shaun Miller ensured an unhappy Bramall Lane return for former Sheffield United manager Micky Adams as his injury-time brace earned a last-gasp FA Cup victory for the Blades against Port Vale.
Vale entered the final moments with a 1-0 lead thanks to Tom Pope’s 33rd-minute strike, but Miller scored with just 29 seconds left on the clock to pull the hosts back into the tie.
And with the prospect of a replay looming, Miller reacted quickest after Ryan Flynn’s shot was parried to snatch the most unlikely of victories and send Sheffield United into the Third Round Proper.
There was also late drama at the Crown Ground where five goals were scored inside the last ten minutes as Accrington Stanley were held to a 3-3 draw against Oxford United.
First-half goals from Jon-Paul Pittman and Craig Linfield ensured parity at the interval.
James Beattie, a beaten FA Cup Finalist with Southampton in 2003, netted in the 80th-minute to hand the advantage to the hosts, but the lead was short-lived as James Constable equalised six minutes later.
The home supporters were sent into raptures in the second minute of injury-time when Lee Molyneux blasted home to give his side the lead for the second time in 12 minutes, but Michael Raynes nodded into the back of the net with the last touch of the game to cap a thrilling encounter in Lancashire and keep alive Oxford’s hopes of progression to the next phase.
Six goals could not separate Lincoln City and Mansfield who will also face a replay after a thrilling clash at the 12th Imp Sincil Bank Stadium.
The visitors went in front thanks to Matt Green, who took advantage of a mistake from Andrew Boyce, but efforts from Lincoln duo Matt Green and Jamie Taylor turned the game on its head.
Louie Briscoe levelled for Mansfield, but Power grabbed his second of the afternoon to re-establish Lincoln’s lead.
But with a matter of seconds remaining, Matt Rhead popped up with a late header to provide Mansfield with another chance to progress to the next phase.
Non-League pair Harrogate Town and Hastings United will tussle once more for the chance to play in the Third Round Proper after playing out a 1-1 draw.
The Yorkshire side took the lead when Tom Platt met Shane Killock’s cross to head home from close-range.
But their opponents, who are the lowest ranked side still left in The FA Cup, equalised when Jamie Crellin struck shortly after the hour mark.
There was no giantkilling story at the Broadfield Stadium as Crawley despatched Chelmsford 3-0 to reach the next round.
Goals from Nicky Adams, Billy Clarke and Gary Alexander, coupled with Donovan Simmonds’ red card, helped the hosts record an easy win against the Conference South outfit.
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