Skelmersdale reach fourth round qualifying for first time in nearly 50 years

Tuesday 13 Oct 2020
The fourth round qualifying will take place from 24 October

North West Counties League Premier Division side Skelmersdale United progressed to the Emirates FA Cup fourth round qualifying for the first time since 1972/73, after edging past Longridge Town 1-0.

The Blueboys - along with their third round qualifying opponents - were one of five clubs left in the draw from step five of the non-league pyramid, and Emini Adegbenro’s second-half penalty ultimately proved decisive at the Mike Riding Ground.

2020-21 Emirates FA Cup

Third round qualifying
13 & 14 October

Christchurch were dealt a cruel blow in front of the BBC cameras, as the Wessex League Premier Division outfit held Dulwich Hamlet - who play three tiers higher in the National League South - after 90 mins before going down in a penalty shootout.

Quade Taylor was sent off for Hamlet late on but Deon Moore looked to have stolen the win two minutes from time, only for Christchurch to force spot kicks with an equaliser at the death.

But the Priory couldn’t carry their momentum into the shootout, and Sanchez Ming scored the decisive penalty to mark the end of Christchurch’s commendable run in the competition.

Elsewhere, Sheppey United tasted defeat at the hands of National League South Eastbourne Borough, despite Billy Bennett giving the Ites hope with a tenth-minute opener.

Greg Luer came off the bench to score goals either side of a Chris Whelpdale strike to turn the tie around and keep Eastbourne in the hat ahead of the next round.

Besides Dulwich, fellow National League South sides Chippenham Town, Hampton & Richmond Borough and St Albans City all needed penalties to progress, beating Ebbsfleet United, Hornchurch and Mickleover Sports respectively.

There were also shootout victories for Cray Wanderers, Hayes & Yeading United, Leiston, Banbury United, South Shields and Wimborne Town.

Weston-super-Mare’s 6-0 win over Larkhall Athletic was among the highest scoring results of the round, while Oxford City and Darlington both hit six against Tamworth and Tadcaster Albion respectively.

With the likes of Notts County and Chesterfield entering the fray next, there remains just one hurdle to jump for each team through to fourth round qualifying before the first-round proper.


By FA Staff