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What Happened In The FA Cup Preliminary Round At The Weekend?

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There was only one upset in Sunday`s dozen Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round matches.

That came at Bromley`s Hayes Lane where Bostik League South hosts Cray Wanderers were beaten 3-2 by Southern Counties East League outfit Sevenoaks Town.

Tom Youngs and Billy Bennett gave the lower league side a half-time lead.

Luke Medley pulled one back, but Young scored his second before Fred Parker scored for Cray and that made for a nervy last 10 minutes.

Cray`s league rivals Herne Bay got through their tie at the Altira Park Stadium against Cherry Red Records Combined Counties Leaguers Chessington & Hook United.

Junior Efosa Aikhionbare put Bay in front after 7 minutes and Jonathan Richardson doubled that lead just before the break.

Cameron Peters reduced the deficit within a couple of minutes of the second half starting, but they weren`t able to trouble the scorers again.

Evo-Stik League North side Clitheroe survived a tricky away tie at Toolstation Northern Counties Eats League Premier Division Pickering Town and went into tomorrow`s draw with a 2-1 win.

Sefton Gonzales gave the Blues a 5th minute settler and Adam Bolton added another on the hour-mark, with Ryan Blott replying for the Pikes on 64 minutes.

Clitheroe`s newly-promoted league rivals Atherton Collieries did likewise at NCEL Division One outfit Hallam, running out comfortable 4-1 winners.

It was all-square at half-time with Jordan Cover`s 9th minute opener for the Colls being cancelled out by Chris Wood on 35 minutes.

But a confident visiting side ran in three more goals in the second period with Cover completing his hat-trick with goals in the 70th and 84th minutes and Gareth Peet adding a fourth 2 minutes from time.

Evo-Stik League South side Chasetown, however, were held to a 1-1 draw at Bromsgrove in front of a good 572 crowd against Midland League Premier Division hosts Worcester City.

Will Whieldon put the Scholars ahead after 22 minutes and Aaron Bett equalised right on half-time.

In an all-Southern Counties East League tie, Cray Valley (PM) were at Erith & Belvedere where they won 4-1.

Ben Francis and Denzel Gayle put the Millers two-up before Ola Rabiu pulled one back for the Deres.

In the second half, Francis doubled his tally and Matthew Hagan added number four.

A 4-minute second half hat-trick from Olli Fearon saw AFC Mansfield come from a 65th minjte Amarvir Sandhu goal behind to win 3-1 at Midland League Quorn and become the seventh Toolstation NCEL side to reach the First Qualifying Round.

The all-Southern Combination League tie between Littlehampton Town and Eastbourne United saw the hosts come back from 2-0 down to go through by the odd goal in five.

Ollie Sotoyinbo on 45 minutes and Tyler O`Callaghan on 54 minutes had United two-up.

George Gaskin began the comeback just after the hour-mark, Lee Garnham equalised 2 minutes later and Ben Gray completed the turnaround with 3 minutes of normal time to go.

Evo-Stik League South East side Marlow, the only club to have applied for entry into the FA Cup since it began in 1871, edged out Uhlsport Hellenic League side Highworth Town by the odd goal in five at The Elms.

Charlie Samuel gave Marlow a 28th minute lead that an Isaac Osei Tutu solo goal on 61 minutes eventually made it 2-0,

The Worthians pulled one back as Callum Parsons` free-kick made it 2-1 in the 68th minute.

But on 77minutes Allan Bossman took Marlow 3-1 up and, despite Ross
Adams heading in from corner to make it 2-3, the visitors held on.

However, it all ended rather distastefully after the final whistle as Marlow had two players shown red cards for fighting each other!

Guildford City comfortably won the all-Combined Counties League tie at 4-0 at home to Camberley Town.

City led with a Kieran Campbell goal at the break, but a Dan Stewart volley on 55 minutes, a second for Campbell on 78 minutes and a powerful Nathaniel Williams effort 3 minutes from time saw the home side safely through.

In an all-Spartan South Midlands League tie, Berkhamsted FC made it 15 goals in the FA Cup to date with a 3-2 success at Crawley Green.

Goals from Sean Coughlan, Ashley Morrissey and a Dan Jones penalty took Berko through, although they finished with ten-men as Coughlan was sent-off for two yellow cards.

Spartan South Midlands Division One side Baldock Town pulled off a minor surprise, enjoying a 3-1 home win over Combined Counties Premier side North Greenford United.

Goals from Stuart Pearson, Alex Coppin and Lewis Barker took the Step 6 side through.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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