Remaining Emirates FA Cup newcomers fall to defeats in second round qualifying

Saturday 03 Oct 2020
The third round qualifying will take place on the weekend of 13 October

There will be no Emirates FA Cup debutants in the third round qualifying, with National League South side Braintree Town sneaking past Hashtag United on penalties after late drama at the Len Salmon Stadium.

With nothing to separate the sides for the majority of the 90 minutes, step-five Hashtag thought they had extended their maiden FA Cup adventure when Toby Aromolaran netted at the death to make it 1-0. 

2020-21 Emirates FA Cup
  • Second round qualifying
  • 3 & 4 October

But Braintree responded immediately through Olu Oluwatimilehin to force spot kicks, and Tom Anderson missed in sudden death to bring the Essex Senior Football League side’s commendable run to an end. 

The round’s only other competition debutants, Newark, were also beaten by higher-league opposition, with Mickleover Sports prevailing 4-1 over their Midland Football League Premier opponents.

Stuart Beavon put Sports in front in the 33rd minute, before the in-form Andrew Wright notched a second-half brace. Newark missed two penalties before Declan Bacon made it 4-0 late on, although the visitors did snatch a consolation through Elliot King.

Two teams pulled off wins over sides three steps above them in the Nations League System. Christchurch reached the third round qualifying for the first time with a 6-5 shootout win over National League North Gloucester City, while strikes from Jahmal Howlett-Mundle and Danny Devine earned step-five Sheppey United a 2-0 victory over Welling United.

Another step five side, Chatham Town, pulled off a shock 3-0 win over fellow Kent outfit Folkestone Invicta, while Longridge Town and Skelmersdale United also beat teams from two divisions above them. A further nine sides were upset by teams from the league below them.

Marske United and Cray Wanderers hit six goals apiece past Consett and Moneyfields respectively to progress in style, while Hartley Wintney, Cray Valley PM, Hayes & Yeading United, St Albans City and Taunton Town all scored five.

Among the 77 ties taking place on Saturday, former FA Cup semi-finalists York City narrowly saw off North West Counties League Premier side Warrington Rylands in front of the BBC cameras, with Sean Newton scoring the decisive goal.

There were plenty of teams in need of penalties to progress, with Alvechurch, Barking, Brackley Town, Bracknell Town, Canvey Island, AFC Telford United, Chippenham Town, Dulwich Hamlet and Darlington all crawling into the round three draw.

Eastbourne Borough, Ebbsfleet United, Larkhall Athletic, Halesowen Town, Bristol Manor Farm, Maldon & Tiptree, Tadcaster Albion, Royston Town, Weston-super-Mare, Wimborne Town, Marine, Stafford Rangers  and Chester all kept their names in the hat after keeping their nerve from 12 yards, too. 

There were two more ties on Sunday, with Havant & Waterlooville and Concord Rangers also going into third round qualifying after wins over Horsham and Potters Bar Town respectively.

The draw for the third round qualifying will be made on Monday and released at 1pm, ahead of the round's final tie – the postponed match between Whyteleafe and Burnham – being played in the evening.

By FA Staff