Emirates FA Cup Second Round Qualifying: Dabbers upset Puritans

Saturday 16 Sep 2023

Nantwich Town produced the shock of Emirates FA Cup Second Round Qualifying weekend as they beat Banbury United 2-1.

The Dabbers sit 45 places below their sixth-tier opponents, but goals from Troy Bourne and Byron Harrison sent them into the next round.

Tonbridge Angels also fell prey to lower-ranked opposition, as a Matthew Young hat-trick fired Haringey Borough to a 4-2 victory in North London.

A hat-trick from Jonathan Lacey looked set to seal a famous victory for Biggleswade Town against Bishop’s Stortford, but Ryan Charles’ late strike saw the sides draw 3-3 and headed for a replay.

Simon Grand also netted three times to fire Lancaster City through 4-1 against Marske United while McKauley Manning was the hat-trick hero for Halesowen Town in their 5-2 win over Alvechurch.

Morpeth Town defied the league gap to beat Southport 3-0 thanks to a double from Sam Hodgson, while Bracknell Town kept their hopes of another FA Cup run alive with a 2-1 win over sixth-tier strugglers Havant & Waterlooville and Elis Watts struck twice as Hungerford Town shocked Chippenham Town 4-1.

There will be two ninth-tier sides in the Third Round Qualifying draw, with Reading City and Emley both earning replays.

Tyler D’Cruz’s equaliser was enough to hold Winchester City to a draw, while Paul Walker levelled late on for Emley against Mossley.

It was easier going for Yeovil Town, who beat ninth-tier AFC Stoneham 7-1 while the TV cameras were at Tadcaster Albion who went 1-0 up against Chester before the Seals demonstrated the three-division gap with three second half goals to run out 3-1 winners.

It was not as comfortable for Bath City, who looked to be on the wrong end of an upset when Larkhall Athletic went 2-0 up before half-time.

But the Romans fought back through two Cody Cooke penalties before Jordan Thomas found a winner with two minutes remaining.

That meant Bath narrowly avoided a replay, but there was no such fortune for National League South colleagues Taunton Town, Chelmsford City and Braintree Town who will all go again against lower league opposition.

Jordan Dreyer’s last-minute equaliser earned a replay for Ware after a 3-3 draw with Chelmsford, while Merthyr Town will head to Taunton after a 1-1 draw in front of over 1,500 on Friday night.

Canvey Island will make the Tuesday trip to fellow Essex side Braintree after a 1-1 draw at Park Lane and eighth-tier Runcorn Linnets will hope to cause an upset against Chorley after they were also tied one apiece.

See a full list of results here

By FA Staff