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FA Cup replays: Staff member assaulted at St Albans; Dover anger Yate with match abandoned

Tuesday night saw FA Cup replays, but unfortunately, a staff member was assaulted at St Albans and Dover anger Yate with the match abandoned.

12 ties were played in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round replays last night, however one of them didn’t finish and the other marred by reports of someone getting hurt.

Fans watching St Albans City’s home game against Corinthian-Casuals, with kick off delayed already until 8pm, were prevented from leaving the Clarence Park ground after a member of security staff was assaulted.

Police were called at 10pm to reports of a disturbance, and it was reported that a member of security staff had been assaulted.

A 22 year old man from Surrey – believed to be an away fan – was arrested on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and being in possession of a Class B drug.

Officers remained at the ground to keep the peace and ensure those in attendance departed safely at the end of the match.

One Saints fan said afterwards: “Cracking game but loads of police with dogs turned up at the end. York Road was full of police vehicles. We were all barricaded in and prevented from leaving. Everyone was totally confused as to what it was all about. Then the police escorted us out.”

Meanwhile over at Southern League Premier Division South side Yate Town, their game against Dover Athletic had to be abandoned.

After a lengthy floodlight failure, the home side claimed they were ready to play but with a long journey back to Dover, the away side would be less enthusiastic about playing.

Yate have since issued a statement, which read: “This evening we suffered a failure of two of the eight floodlight groups. The facilities manager assisted by Jeff Michael (the manager’s dad) and Shaun Base all qualified electricians, diagnosed the problem and attempted a repair.

“Both teams and the referee, in dialogue with the FA, agreed to delay KO as late as possible. Decision points were initially set for 19:45 and 20:15 at which times the repair was ongoing.

“The referee consulted with the FA, and agreed with both teams that if the floodlights could be repaired he would need to allow 30 minutes before KO for the teams and officials to warm up.

“It was therefore agreed that if the floodlights could not be repaired and turned on by 20:30 the match would be postponed.

“At 20:34 the lights were fixed, the referee consulted with the FA to seek agreement that the match could go ahead, the FA confirmed this providing both teams were happy.

“With a crowd of over 580 supporters, including some who had made the journey from Kent, the referee spoke to both teams to get agreement for the match to go ahead.

“Yate were content to play, however Dover Athletic stated that it was past the 20:30 deadline and therefore they were not prepared to play.

“We sincerely apologise to all supporters for the frustration they experienced this evening. We would also like to thank you all wholeheartedly for your patience and understanding and for remaining in high spirits despite the weather and the delay.

“The FA direction is that the match will now have to be re-arranged, possibly later this week or next Tuesday. We will let you all know as soon as a date is agreed. All tickets purchased this evening remain valid for the re-arranged game.”


Wrexham (5) 2-0 Marine (8)
Gateshead (6) 3-2 Marske United (8)
Guiseley (6) 2-1 Brackley Town (6)
FC Halifax Town (5) 1-0 Pontefract Collieries (8)
Morpeth Town (7) 1-3 York City (6)
Buxton (7) 3–1 (a.e.t.) Kettering Town (6)
Stratford Town (7) 3-2 Boston United (6)
Notts County (5) 4-0 Tamworth (7)
Hayes & Yeading United (7) 2–2 (4–3 p) Dorking Wanderers (6)
St Albans City (6) 1–1 (4–2 p) Corinthian Casuals (7)
Weymouth (5) 1–1 (1–2 p) Yeovil Town (5)
Folkestone Invicta (7) 2–3 (a.e.t.) Eastleigh (5)

Wednesday 20 October 2021
Havant & Waterlooville (6) v Torquay United (5)

30R Yate Town (7) v Dover Athletic (5)


Bradford City (4) – Exeter City (4)
Sunderland (3) – Mansfield Town (4)
Hayes & Yeading United (7) – Sutton United (4)
Sheffield Wednesday (3) – Plymouth Argyle (3)
Dagenham & Redbridge (5) – Salford City (4)
Carlisle United (4) – Horsham (7)
Dover Athletic (5)/Yate Town (7) – Yeovil Town (5)
Scunthorpe United (4) – Doncaster Rovers (3)
Rotherham United (3) – Bromley (5)
Portsmouth (3) – Harrow Borough (7)
Gillingham (3) – Cheltenham Town (3)
Morecambe (3) – Newport County (4)
Banbury United (7) – Barrow (4)
Fleetwood Town (3) – Burton Albion (3)
AFC Sudbury (8) – Colchester United (4)
Northampton Town (4) – Cambridge United (3)
St Albans City (6) – Forest Green Rovers (4)
Stratford Town (7) – Shrewsbury Town (3)
FC Halifax Town (5) – Maidenhead United(5)
Chesterfield (5) – Southend United (5)
Rochdale (4) – Notts County (5)
Kidderminster Harriers (6) – Grimsby Town (5)
Wigan Athletic (3) – Solihull Moors (5)
Boreham Wood (5) – Eastleigh (5)
York City (6) – Buxton (7)
Ipswich Town (3) – Oldham Athletic (4)
AFC Wimbledon (3) – Guiseley (6)
Harrogate Town (4) – Wrexham (5)
Hartlepool United (4) – Wycombe Wanderers (3)
King’s Lynn Town (5) – Walsall (4)
Crewe Alexandra (3) – Swindon Town (4)
Bolton Wanderers (3) – Stockport County (5)
Charlton Athletic (3) – Torquay United (5)/Havant & Waterlooville (6)
Oxford United (3) – Bristol Rovers (4)
Crawley Town (4) – Tranmere Rovers (4)
Leyton Orient (4) – Ebbsfleet United (6)
Milton Keynes Dons (3) – Stevenage (4)
Lincoln City (3) – Bowers & Pitsea(7)
Port Vale (4) – Accrington Stanley (3)
Gateshead (6) – Altrincham (5)

Twitter users reacted as the FA Cup replays saw a staff member assaulted at St Albans while Dover anger Yate with their match abandoned…

@TaylorBAFC: Dover have previous for stunts like this. Barrow attempted to pull out all the stops to facilitate a match going ahead when the Dover squad were caught up in delays via trains. Instead, they decided to have pints in Crewe – despite the fact their supporters had arrived in Barrow.

@pktsmith: 8.34pm. 20 minute warm up. 9pm Kick off. 10.55pm finish. Extra Time and pens possibility could have been a finish just before midnight. The 8.30pm cut off was for a reason. It is what it is. We don’t have a game Saturday so play us then with no floodlights.

@ianp108: For the sake of 4 mins this was beyond pathetic. After the last 18 months this was not good PR for non league football. I was amazed how patient the crowd were and well behaved. Just got home safely after 2 hours of dangerous road driving conditions. Not able to return for replay

@deanthebard: Find it really sad for the hundreds who turned up. Dover could have done the best thing and allowed the game to continue. All the better for beating them in the re-arranged game!

@LambyG: Textbook Dover.

@Gloversgirl: Clearly Dover are happy to make another 7 hour return journey!

@durhamchris1983: Not like Dover not to want to play football…

@Paulhards1978: Wow, now they have a long journey home and back and then home again! If that’s the deadline it is what is is I suppose. Safe travel home in the shite weather.

@Lee_FGR: Absolutely disgusting decision from @DoverAthletic no consideration whatsoever for football fans

@OfficialScottyT: More shithousery by Dover again.

@conkyan: Ah yes. Dover are still the petulant child of non league.

@FATrophyHound: It seems extraordinary that the game was called off when the lights were fixed at 20:34. Perhaps, @DoverAthletic can explain why they did not wish to play when it was 4 minutes after the original deadline. #EmiratesFACup #NonLeague

@toptargets: Typical Dover stuff. Lucky to be in the league and wont be a loss to it when they go down. Shambles.

@nonleaguenext: No surprise to see Dover involved. An embarrassment of a football club these days. πŸ™„

@NickJAGiles: Dover are a very odd club

@puffpuff65: If Yate mutually agreed to a 20:30 deadline then Unfortunately they don’t really have a leg to stand on and should accept the postponement however if it was only Dover who said if the lights are not on till 20:30 then Yate should be awarded the tie.

@TheDB30: Award Yate the tie

@daniel_brabham: 600 people through the gate, Home team out and keen to get started πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ and the away team refusing to come and give it a crack πŸ€¦β€β™‚οΈ long way to travel for a game to not even start. Roll on the replay πŸ’ͺ🏻

@goalkeeperdoyle: Dover athletic being dover pathetic again. Sad club who deserve demotion down the leagues

@rjb_1998: Obsessed with dovers reluctance to ever play football, think we should try it

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