Matt Rhead’s hat-trick was not enough to prevent ten-man Lincoln City bowing out of The Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Whitehawk.
In a thrilling eight-goal encounter, National League South side Whitehawk were two up inside half an hour before Rhead and Sam Deering traded penalties.
Rhead then made it 3-2 before Dave Martin restored the Hawks’ two-goal advantage and the visiting forward completed his hat-trick – only for Deering to slot home a late penalty to round things off.
The Emirates FA Cup
First Round Proper
Sunday 8 November 2015
Winners receive £18,000 from prize fund
By Paddy von Behr
The upset of the afternoon, meanwhile, came at Bristol Rovers, where the League Two side were knocked out of the competition by Southern League Premier Division outfit Chesham United.
Lee Nicholls missed a penalty for Chesham but his blushes were saved by Ryan Blake, who grabbed the only goal of the game 13 minutes from time with a powerful strike from distance.
Watch the highlights as Chesham United spring an upset at Bristol Rovers
Former Cup winner Alan Devonshire and his Maidenhead United team will have a second chance to upset Port Vale, after securing a 1-1 draw at Vale Park. The home side had taken a first-half lead through Byron Moore and it looked as though that might be enough to see the League Two side through.
But a goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time from James Mulley saw the 379 fans who had made the trip from Berkshire to Burslem head home with something to cheer about.
Yeovil Town managed to escape an upset at the hands of Maidstone United, after the Glovers played the final 35 minutes of the clash with nine men.
Jakub Sokolik was sent off after just seven minutes and goalkeeper Artur Krysiak followed suit early in the second half, but Wes Fogden’s goal just two minutes earlier was enough to knock out the National League South side.
Elsewhere, Wycombe Wanderers romped to a convincing 4-0 victory at National League strugglers AFC Halifax Town.
The Chairboys held a slender one-goal lead at the hour mark, before cutting loose with goals from Sido Jombati, Max Kretzschmar and Aaron Holloway.
National League North outfit Brackley Town earned an away replay with Newport County, thanks to Curtis McDonald’s last-gasp equaliser.
The Exiles held a comfortable two-goal lead at the break but Luke Graham pulled one back shortly before the hour mark, setting the stage for McDonald to head home four minutes into stoppage time.
There were eight goals in the Emirates FA Cup tie at Whitehawk on Sunday
Braintree also earned a replay against League Two opposition, holding ten-man Oxford United to a 1-1 draw on home soil.
Johnny Mullins was shown a second yellow card 20 minutes from time, shortly after Kenny Davis had equalised for Braintree, but Oxford looked more likely to nick a winner.
James Collins earned Shrewsbury a 1-0 win at Gainsborough Trinity and Aldershot Town held Bradford City to a goalless draw.