Non-league sides revel in Saturday's Emirates FA Cup first-round action

Saturday 07 Nov 2020
Saturday's action began at Tonbridge Angels' Longmead Stadium, as the non-league side took on Bradford City

Eighth-tier Marine produced a perfect penalty shootout to stun Colchester United on a day filled with Emirates FA Cup first-round shocks.

The Northern Premier League Division One North West side held Colchester to a 1-1 draw after extra time but held their nerve from the spot, scoring five from five and reaching the second round following a 5-3 shootout win.

They were not the only non-League side to defeat to higher-tier opposition with John Rooney – younger brother of Wayne – scoring from his own half as Stockport County beat Rochdale 2-1.

National League North outfit Darlington beat Swindon Town by the same scoreline while King’s Lynn Town reached the second round for the first time in their history with a 1-0 win at Port Vale.

Dagenham & Redbridge downed former semi-finalists Grimsby Town 3-1, while Boreham Wood knocked out Southend United on penalties following a 3-3 draw.

All first-round winners go into the hat for the second-round draw, which takes place on Monday evening.

Marine were in the first round for the first time in 25 years but rose to the occasion, Anthony Miley opening the scoring before Harry Pell levelled up for League Two Colchester.

The two sides couldn’t be separated after extra time, with Marine faultless from the spot to complete a stunning victory and reach the second round.

Stockport enjoyed an equally-fruitful afternoon – with Rooney emulating his elder brother’s feats to score from his own half, putting the Hatters ahead early on.

Alex Reid put the National League side 2-0 up within 15 minutes and while Matty Lund responded for Rochdale, it wasn’t enough to prevent a first first-round defeat in eight seasons.

Their league rivals Swindon are also out of this year’s Emirates FA Cup after losing at home to Darlington – a side three divisions lower in the football pyramid.

Adam Campbell did the damage with a goal in each half for the visitors.

Fellow non-league side King’s Lynn will join the Quakers in the draw for the second round after they got the better of League Two Port Vale.

The deadlock wasn’t broken until the final ten minutes but it was worth the wait for the Linnets, with Sonny Carey’s left-footed strike seeing them make club history in the Emirates FA Cup.

Four non-league sides beat Football League opposition in 90 minutes with Dagenham & Redbridge besting Grimsby thanks to a Scott Wilson double, while Mitch Brundle’s late penalty sealed the win.

Boreham Wood prevailed on spot-kicks in their clash with fourth-tier Southend United, while non-league sides Canvey Island and Brackley Town are in the hat after overcoming Banbury United and Bishop’s Stortford respectively.

Concord Rangers almost caused a shock of their own but they couldn’t quite get past Stevenage, who won 5-4 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra time.

It wasn’t to be for Tonbridge Angels either, as they went down 7-0 to Bradford City, while AFC Fylde also gave Exeter City a scare before falling to a 2-1 defeat.

Non-league sides Hartlepool United, Bromley, Woking and South Shields also played their last matches of this year’s Emirates FA Cup, as have FC United of Manchester after their home loss to Doncaster Rovers.

But Portsmouth, FA Cup winners in 2008, did progress with Sean Raggett scoring the extra-time winner in the heavyweight clash with fellow League One side, Ipswich Town.

Ronan Curtis and Tom Naylor had put Portsmouth in control with two goals in the opening 13 minutes.

Ipswich responded through Jon Nolan and James Norwood either side of the break but Raggett snatched the tie in the final ten minutes of extra time.

By FA Staff