Joe Ward earns Woking a replay with Peterborough United in the Emirates FA Cup

Sunday 03 Dec 2017
Woking drew 1-1 with League One Peterborough United at Kingfield Stadium to set up a second round replay

Joe Ward, who was part of the Lincoln City side that reached the quarter finals of last season’s Emirates FA Cup, struck the goal that put Woking in the hat for Monday’s third round draw.

The 22-year-old winger was at the heart of another fairytale as he scored seven minutes from time to earn the National League side a 1-1 draw at home to League One club Peterborough United.

Former Brighton & Hove Albion youngster Ward slammed home from Nathan Ralph’s cross to cancel out Ryan Tafazolli’s opener for the Posh and almost snatched a memorable victory for Anthony Limbrick’s side, striking the corner of post and bar with a curling delivery from the left flank at the death.  

Tafazolli pounced to put the Posh in front but just before the break the Cards missed out on the chance to haul themselves level as Chez Isaac’s penalty was tipped around the post by goalie Jonathan Bond after Inih Effiong had been felled by Alex Penny. 

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But then Ward popped up to earn his side a second round replay.

Elsewhere, Leatherhead, one of the lowest-ranked sides left in the world’s original cup competition, threatened to pull off one of the biggest upsets seen so far this season but were eventually humbled 3-1 by League Two Wycombe Wanderers.

The Tanners were left pinching themselves with eight minutes on the clock as they silenced Adams Park.

Referee Tim Robinson pointed to the spot following a shirt-pull from Wycombe’s Sido Jombati before watching on as Jack Midson coolly converted to throw the cat among the pigeons.

But on the half-hour mark, Sam Saunders restored parity with a spectacular long-range free-kick, as the veteran midfielder found the net from all of 30 yards.

For all their endeavour, the Isthmian League outfit were undone 15 minutes from time when Craig Mackail-Smith charged in to convert after Adebayo Akinfenwa’s strike had been beaten away.

Leatherhead’s heartbreak was compounded when player-manager Sammy Moore was shown a second yellow card for flailing an arm at Wycombe’s Joe Jacobson before Akinfenwa rounded things off in added time.

National League side Boreham Wood were beaten at Coventry City as Duckens Nazon notched to give the League Two giants the lead, with the Haitian striker converting after Marc McNulty had seen his effort saved.

The same two players then combined again six minutes before the break, Nazon turning provider for McNulty, who delicately lobbed home to make it 2-0 to the Sky Blues.

The Hertfordshire outfit were all-but finished off early in the second period, as Jordan Shipley made it 3-0 from a McNulty cross.

In the north-east, brothers Olly and Elliot Lee were both on the scoresheet as Luton Town saw off Gateshead 5-0.

The hosts' Scott Barrow clattered into his own goalkeeper Dan Hanford in the first half and the game was delayed for 15 minutes as the defender was taken to hospital after falling unconscious.

And Olly Lee opened the scoring in the 41st minute before Dan Potts, Elliot Lee, Danny Hylton and Luke Berry all notched for the League Two promotion-chasers.

A hat-trick from Mansfield Town’s Jimmy Spencer saw them down Guiseley by 3-0, with the Yorkshire non-Leaguers having Darren Holden sand Chris M'Boungou sent off, while Blackburn Rovers had two men sent off themselves as they let a three-goal lead slip at home to Crewe Alexandra.

Rekeem Harper and Elliott Bennett were both dismissed for Rovers, who led courtesy of a brace from Dominic Samuel and a Danny Graham finish before two goals form Chris Porter and an Eddie Nolan strike had earned the League Two team a dramatic draw and a replay.

AFC Wimbledon beat Charlton Athletic 3-1, Doncaster Rovers saw off local rivals Scunthorpe United by 3-0 and Newport County defeated Cambridge United 2-0 in the day's other ties.

By FA Staff