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First Round Proper
Tuesday 13 November 2012
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by Zarif Rasul
MK Dons have set up a Second Round Proper tie against AFC Wimbledon after hitting Cambridge City for six at stadium:mk.
The hosts were 3-0 up at the interval thanks to efforts from Shaun Williams, Jay O’Shea and Dean Bowditch.
Dave Theobald’s header on the hour mark reduced the arrears for Cambridge, but any hopes of a comeback were quashed shortly afterwards, as three goals in four minutes from Williams, Dele Ali and Adam Chicksen ensured MK Dons’ passage to the next phase.
Six goals and 120 minutes were not enough to separate Bradford City and Northampton Town, with the former triumphing 4-2 on penalties following an enthralling encounter at Valley Parade.
Efforts from Will Atkinson and Ishmel Demontagnac ensured a 1-1 scoreline at the interval, and Bradford thought they had one foot in the next round when Nakhi Wells tucked away a penalty in the 90th minute.
However, Clive Platt’s left foot shot in the third minute of stoppage time ensured another 30 minutes of play.
Kelvin Langmead gave Northampton the lead for the first time on the night 19 minutes into extra-time, but Carl McHugh came to the rescue for Bradford, powering in a header in the 120th minute.
Langmead, who came so close to becoming the match-winner, missed his penalty kick, as did Danny East, and Bradford converted all four of theirs to secure their berth in the Second Round.
There was no fairytale giant-killing at Braintree Town, where Tranmere Rovers secured a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Joe Thompson scrambled home the opener after 24 minutes, before Cole Stockton doubled the Merseysiders’ lead shortly after half-time. And Max Power, who was on as a substitute, stroked the ball home in stoppage time to put the icing on the cake.
Conference National side Lincoln City captured a memorable scalp as they won 3-2 away at League One outfit Walsall.
Alan Power’s 50th-minute effort gave Lincoln the lead, before Richard Taundry equalised nine minutes from time to send the game into extra-time.
However, substitute Vadaine Oliver, who came on in the 80th minute, proved to be the hero for Lincoln, notching two goals in extra-time, although Jamie Paterson pulled one back for Lincoln with a last-minute free-kick.
Ten-man Mansfield defied their numerical disadvantage to edge out Slough 4-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.
Slough defender David Woozley put the ball into his own net to put Mansfield in front on the stroke of half-time, before Nathan Bowden-Haase notched the equaliser in the 66th minute.
Extra-time followed and Mansfield skipper John Dempster was dismissed for violent conduct.
Penalties ensued, and unsuccessful attempts by Ollie Burgess and Sean Sonner handed Mansfield the win.
Guiseley were subjected to FA Cup heartache as Garry Hunter arrowed in a fine effort from the edge of the box in the second minute of stoppage time to send Barrow through to the Second Round.
Elsewhere, a Scott Rendell brace helped Luton Town to a 2-0 win at Nuneaton while Morecambe midfielder Gary McDonald’s strike on the stroke of half-time proved to be the difference for his side at Rochdale.