Solihull Moors’ remarkable Emirates FA Cup run was ended in spectacular style, as a blistering Luton Town comeback allowed the Hatters avoid an upset at Kenilworth Road.
The hosts got off to the worst possible start when Jamey Osborne let one fly into the top corner after just five minutes, and the 700 Solihull fans who made the trip were in dreamland when the same man popped up again to find the bottom-left corner on 35 minutes and double the lead.
But Luton came out after the interval like a side possessed, and Danny Hylton and Johnny Mullins scored within three minutes of each other to level the tie.
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Second Round summary
Saturday 3 December 2016
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Quick-fire goals from Stephen O’Donnell and Jack Marriott put them ahead and both O’Donnell and Marriott scored again late on to round off a thrilling second-half show – but Moors can hold their head high having given their hosts a fright.
Wycombe Wanderers did, however, manage to beat higher-league opposition in securing their passage to the third round, as they humbled League One Chesterfield 5-0 away from home.
Scott Kashket was the hero for the Chairboys, first setting up skipper Paul Hayes to score before scoring from a corner to make it 2-0.
Jon Nolan’s red card for a late tackle made Chesterfield’s task a lot harder, and Anthony Stewart hit the net in between before two more from Kashket sparked wild celebrations from the travelling Wycombe fans on a famous day in their history.
Elsewhere there was another shock as National League side Sutton United scored a winner deep into added time to beat Cheltenham Town 2-1.
Danny Wright put the Robins in front from James Dayton's free-kick, but that was cancelled out by Matt Tubbs on his first appearance for the U’s, and Roarie Deacon fired home in the sixth extra minute.
Blackpool and Rochdale did manage to ward off the threat of lower-league opposition and avoid upsets against Brackley Town and Carlisle United respectively.
Jamille Matt’s early header was enough for Blackpool to win 1-0, while Steve Davies and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing struck after half-time to send Rochdale through.
And three ties will go to a replay after Charlton Athletic v Milton Keynes Dons, Plymouth Argyle v Newport County, and Shrewsbury v Fleetwood Town all finished goalless.