Ruthless AFC Totton advance to Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round

Saturday 03 Sep 2022
The latest step in the road to Wembley took place over the weekend of September 2-4

AFC Totton showed no mercy against Wincanton Town as the lowest-ranked team left in the Emirates FA Cup saw their journey end at the first qualifying round stage.

The only remaining Step 6 side were 4-0 down by half-time against their opponents from two divisions higher, who went on to complete a convincing 9-2 success.

Brett Williams led the charge with five goals, with Scott Rendell (2), Charlie Kennedy and Jake Adams completing the scoring.

The televised lunchtime kick-off saw Bury AFC defeat North Shields 2-1 in an entertaining clash at Neuven Stadium.

The hosts went ahead in the first half through Niall Cummins, who was part of Marine’s famous run to the third round two seasons ago which culminated in a clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

North Shields, FA Vase winners in 2014/15, equalised through David Robinson and it took a moment of real quality to ultimately separate the sides, Connor Comber picking out the bottom corner with a fine volley to send the ninth-tier side through.

Bury AFC were one of five Emirates FA Cup debutants to have reached this stage but only Shefford Town & Campton will join them in the hat for the next round after Henry Snee and Scott Metcalfe netted for the Bedfordshire side in their 2-0 win at Dunstable Town.

Of the other first-timers, Buckhurst Hill went down 7-2 against Waltham Abbey, Midhurst & Easebourne were beaten 6-0 by Chatham Town and Worcester Raiders slipped to a 5-0 defeat at Worksop Town, for whom Liam Hughes and Aleks Starcenko bagged braces.

Macclesfield made the short trip to West Didsbury & Chorlton and came away with a 1-0 win courtesy of Neil Kengni’s first-half goal while Sheringham won by the same scoreline at Lowestoft Town, Jamie Smith’s early lob ensuring the Eastern Counties League outfit have equalled their best-ever performance in the competition.

Matt Bateman’s hat-trick settled a Hertfordshire derby in Royston Town’s favour, the Crows winning 3-0 at Hertford Town, and Evans Kouassi is also celebrating a treble this evening after inspiring Canvey Island’s 5-1 victory at home to Enfield Town.

Stafford Town were toppled 2-0 by nearby Newcastle Town, who caused an upset against their higher-division hosts, and doubles from Eoin McKeown and Alex Jones helped Tamworth dispatch Boldmere St Michaels 6-0 elsewhere in the Midlands.

The two Cornish sides left in the competition went head-to-head at Torpoint, who were beaten 2-1 by visiting Helston Athletic, while Yate Town edged a seven-goal thriller against Aylesbury Vale Dynamos.

Sunday's matches both brought dramatic finishes. Ninth-tier Enfield defeated AFC Rushden & Diamonds, from two divisions higher, 2-1 with Danny Norton's last-gasp flick completing his brace and settling the tie.

There was also late drama at Holyport, where visitors Binfield triumphed 1-0 courtesy of Liam Tack holding his nerve from the penalty spot six minutes into added time. 

The Friday night fixtures saw Three Bridges, Margate and Winchester City advance, while Stourbridge and Hanley Town will meet again in midweek following a 2-2 draw.

By FA Staff