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FA Cup First Round Proper sees EIGHT upsets and plenty of goals in crazy day of action

The FA Cup First Round Proper sees EIGHT upsets and plenty of goals in a crazy day of action on Saturday with more ties to play out.

Danny Waldron’s netting twice to see seventh-tier Alvechurch shock League One side Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup in the biggest upset of the round now doubt.

The Southern Premier Division Central strugglers were the lowest-ranked side left if the competition and 96 places below their opponents, who almost went ahead twice in the opening 10 minutes through James Olayinka.

But it was the village club from Worcestershire that took the lead soon after when Waldron got on the end of a mistake by Caleb Taylor and beat Luke Southwood.

Waldron and Tom Edge produced other good chances in quick succession for Alvechurch shortly after the half-hour mark before Olayinka forced a good save from Dan Jezeph three minutes from half time.

It almost got better for the minnows when Taylor nearly doubled the lead after a miscued backpass in first-half stoppage time, but Alvechurch made no mistake five minutes after the break as Waldron tapped in after Tyrell Hamilton’s shot had struck the post.

Five minutes later Ryan Jackson got one back for the League One side as Ryan Jackson shot on the half-volley from the back post. Making for a nervous finish.

The pressure continued to mount on the non league outfit with Olayinka and Ryan Broom sending their volleys over the bar while sub Christian Norton had an effort scooped out by Jezeph which he felt had gone over the line with 18 minutes to go.

Cheltenham went down to 10 men when Jackson was forced off with an injury having used all their substitutes.

Edge almost made it 3-1 in stoppage time but Southwood kept his effort out and Cheltenham’s bad day was topped off when Dan N’Lundulu limped off as they ended the game with nine men.

National League South side Chippenham Town also caused an upset against League One Lincoln City to reach the FA Cup second round for the first time in their history.

Alex Bray clipped the top of the crossbar with a cross after 14 minutes before Caine Bradbury forced Lincoln’s Jordan Wright into a save at his near post a minute later.

Freddie Draper and Charles Vernam saw chances for the Imps while Chippenham’s Harry Parsons saw a shot deflected wide after a good run into the box.

Wright saved an effort from Joe Hanks before Hanks netted for the non league side a minute before half time as the striker headed the ball into the net.

Teddy Bishop had a couple of chances for Lincoln after the break as the third tier outfit increased the pressure – Regan Poole forced a fingertip save from Will Henry with a header from a 77th minute corner before the Imps had a goal disallowed for a foul in the build-up shortly after.

Joe Parker nearly made it two in stoppage time but Wright did well to keep it out.

Armando Dobra’s first-half goal secured Chesterfield’s place in the second round of the FA Cup following a 1-0 win over Northampton.

Joe Quigley saw his chance go off target for the hosts, meeting Liam Mandeville’s cross with a header which went wide.

Then Dobra scored with a fine finish into the corner of the net from the edge of the area after claiming the ball from Mandeville.

Kieron Bowie should have scored from his good chance for Northampton just after the 30 minute mark, striking the post after being put through on goal.

Shaun McWilliams nearly equalised shortly after before Tyrone Williams made a good interception. The ball went to Bowie, but Bailey Clements put in an important tackle.

As the home side went in search of a second goal, Jeff King’s cross nearly found Dobra, but Jack Sowerby intercepted the ball.

Bowie had a last-minute effort saved by Ross Fitzsimons as National League side Chesterfield held on to beat their opponents from a league above.

National League North leaders King’s Lynn secured a big victory in the first round of the FA Cup with a deserved 1-0 win at League Two outfit Doncaster Rovers.

Substitute Gold Omotayo got his head on the ball to score seven minutes from time to send the Norfolk side through to the second round for the second time in three years.

Doncaster struggled to threaten on the attack throughout and hardly troubled the visitors’ goal.

King’s Lynn however could have won the game by more goals. Josh Barrett and Jordan Ponticelli both went close to breaking the deadlock in the early stages while Cameron Hargreaves and Barrett both drew good saves from Rovers keeper Jonathan Mitchell as the visitors continue to push.

Donny sparked to life after the hour mark, with George Miller going close on two occasions and Kyle Hurst hitting the crossbar.

But Omotayo netted on 83 minutes when he headed home from a long throw.

Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain almost got on the scoresheet later but fired wide.

King’s Lynn held on for a memorable win and a nice sum of cash in the bank too.

National League South side Farnborough also created one of the shocks of the FA Cup first round as substitutes Michael Fernandes and Francis Amartey scored late on to stun League Two side Sutton United.

Fernandes made it 1-0 in the 86th minute and then, with Sutton desperately looking for an equaliser, Amartey struck deep into stoppage time to seal a 2-0 victory for the visitors, a memorable day this Bonfire Night.

The home side came close to scoring in the first half as Farnborough survived several scrambles near their goal, with keeper Jack Turner breathing a sigh of relief after a Will Randall shot had slithered through his grasp.

Louis John was also denied by a dramatic goalline clearance, and Turner made two great saves from Craig Eastmond as Sutton pushed for the opener.

Hisham Kasimu headed just over from Sam Deering’s cross as the non league side gave some hope to over 500 travelling fans.

Turner made another fine save from Kylian Kouassi’s header, but Sutton started to struggle for chances and Farnborough’s efforts were rewarded when a long throw-in found its way to the far post and was touched in by Fernandes.

Amartey broke from the halfway line, rounded keeper Lewis Ward and walked the ball in to the empty net to start the celebrations among the noisy away end.


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Sheffield Wednesday (3) 2โ€“0 Morecambe (3)
Hereford (6) 1โ€“3 Portsmouth (3)

5 November 2022
South Shields (7) 0โ€“2 Forest Green Rovers (3)
Bradford City (4) 0โ€“1 Harrogate Town (4)
Bolton Wanderers (3) 1โ€“2 Barnsley (3)
Boreham Wood (5) 3-1 Eastleigh (5)
Maidenhead United (5) 0-1 Dagenham & Redbridge (5)
Crawley Town (4) 1-4 Accrington Stanley (3)
Solihull Moors (5) 2-2 Hartlepool United (4)
AFC Fylde (6) 1-1 Gillingham (4)
Peterborough United (3) 0-0 Salford City (4)
Sutton United (4) 0-2 Farnborough (6)
Grimsby Town (4) 5-1 Plymouth Argyle (3)
Milton Keynes Dons (3) 6-0 Taunton Town (6)
Ebbsfleet United (6) 2-1 FC Halifax Town (5)
Carlisle United (4) 2-1 Tranmere Rovers (4)
Chippenham Town (6) 1-0 Lincoln City (3)
Shrewsbury Town (3) 2-1 York City (5)
Buxton (6) 2-0 Merthyr Town (7)
Charlton Athletic (3) 4-1 Coalville Town (7)
Weymouth (6) 1-1 AFC Wimbledon (4)
Newport County (4) 2-0 Colchester United (4)
Stockport County (4) 4-0 Swindon Town (4)
Doncaster Rovers (4) 0-1 King’s Lynn Town (6)
Gateshead (5) 2-3 Stevenage (4)
Fleetwood Town (3) 3-1 Oxford City (6)
Burton Albion (3) 1-0 Needham Market (7)
Port Vale (3) 2-3 Exeter City (3)
Bristol Rovers (3) 1-0 Rochdale (4)
Wycombe Wanderers (3) 0-2 Walsall (4)
Crewe Alexandra (4) 1-0 Leyton Orient (4)
Barnet (5) 1-1 Chelmsford City (6)
Chesterfield (5) 1-0 Northampton Town (4)
Cheltenham Town (3) 1-2 Alvechurch (7)
Barrow (4) 0-1 Mansfield Town (4)

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Curzon Ashton (6) 0-0 Cambridge United (3)
Woking (5) v Oxford United (3)
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Bracknell Town (7) v Ipswich Town (3)

Twitter users reacted as the FA Cup First Round Proper sees EIGHT upsets and plenty of goals in what was a crazy day of action…

@FPLnashville: Shout outs to Alvechurch, Kings Lynn and Farnborough on their Cupsets too, there’s still some love in the FA Cup when you see results like that ๐Ÿ‘

@GlosGroundhop: Left the ground, shook an Alvechurch fanโ€™s hand and congratulated them. Take away the absurdity of our performance and Wadeโ€™s tenure, they deserved that win. congratulations @Alvechurch1st and good luck in the next round. Make sure you make the most of it ๐Ÿ™‚

@KevinBa07776436: Unbelievable! Every single player was immense. Gave it their all and so thoroughly deserved. My throat may never recover but it was worth it for the final whistle and that feeling! Enjoy tonight lads from a very proud Alvechurch fan and native. UTC ๐Ÿ’’

@AzamWHUFC: Wow massive fair play to both Alvechurch and Chippenham Town for knocking out League One opposition in the FA Cup 1st Round!!

@JThompson140: This is not intended to be a provocative tweet, but fans of Alvechurch, Farnborough and Chippenham have just experienced something that no fan of a Big 6 team will ever experience

@PhilipJamesGre1: And people say itโ€™s not an important cup tell Alvechurch that well Done brilliant result ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโšฝ๏ธ

@LVann91: Alvechurch ๐Ÿ˜‚ fuck me. I donโ€™t think Iโ€™m ever going to get over this

@BlueBlood2510: This is why I love the FA cup, my favourite cup competition where every league & non league clubs are in with a chance every year. Congratulations @FarnboroughFC ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’™

@TheExiledRobin: Unbelievable achievement. Well done to all at Chippenham Town!

@jnd_90: Congratulations to Alvechurch, Chippenham, Kingโ€™s Lynn and Farnborough ๐Ÿ‘ #FACup

@martyn0204: Some great cupsets in the FA Cup today with non league beating league opposition.. Chippenham against Lincoln and Alvechurch at Cheltenham the two stand out ones ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป #magicofthecup

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