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Buildbase FA Trophy Preliminary Round Review (Part One)…..

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It`s difficult picking out `upsets` in the Preliminary Round of the Buildbase FA Trophy as all the teams are from the same level.

However, the round did see two-time Trophy winners Grays Athletic progress and two former finalists, Leek Town and Mossley AFC, progress, while a third, 2004 runners-up Canvey Island, bowed out.

Grays, who won the competition twice in succession in 2005 and 2006, edged out Bostik League North rivals Norwich United by the odd goal in seven, thanks to goals from Kieran Bishop with two, Stan Muguo and a Joao Carlos penalty.

Leek, runners-up in 1990, saw off Evo-Stik League South rivals Lincoln United 4-1 at Harrison Park with Mike Calverley, Jordan Johnson, Rob Stevenson and Boris Melingui all on the mark.

Mossley, who were finalists back in 1980, saw off struggling Evo-Stik North rivals Skelmersdale United 3-1 at Seel Park, scoring all the goals with Adam Latham, Liam Ellis and Dan McLaughlin at the right end and Caldon Henson in his own net.

Bostik North side Canvey suffered a 3-0 defeat at Bostik South Walton Casuals new Elmbridge Xcel Sports Hub.

Lartey Sarpong bagged a brace after Josh Kelly had given Casuals the lead right on half-time.

Evo-Stik League South East side AFC Rushden & Diamonds will have expected to have progressed at their Hayden Road ground against Evo-Stik South outfit Kidsgrove Athletic.

However, Diamonds` disappointing form in national cup competitions continued with a 3-1 defeat in which Tom France, Anthony Malbon and Kyle Diskin had Grove three-up before Tom Lorraine netted an 87th minute consolation in front of 430.

And Steve Claridge`s Salisbury FC would have expected Evo-Stik South West league form would count when they hosted lowly Paulton Rovers at the Ray Mac.

But it was Rovers who progressed on a day that saw the referee forced off the field with a torn hamstring and a delay of almost 30 minutes.

In front of a crowd of 541, Lewis Benson gave Whites the lead on 14 minutes with a cross shot but a Rhys Baggridge own goal levelled matters 6 minutes later.

Skipper Kane O’Keefe then scored with a shot from 30 yards after 35 minutes.

After 43 minutes following the long delay, the game proceeded with a qualified assistant found from the crowd.

A catalogue of chances for Salisbury went begging in the second half before James Byrne levelled from the penalty spot on 76 minutes and Josh Morgan Williams chipped a fine winner 4 minutes from time.

High-flying teams from the Evo-Stik South and North met as Cleethorpes Town who, of course, were at Wembley in May in the Buildbase FA Vase Final, hosted Hyde United.

And it`s Clee who went through 2-1 to keep dreams of a Wembley return alive with a brace from Danny North – the second from the spot.

Bostik South side Cray Wanderers were the day`s biggest winners, 8-0 against league rivals Horsham at Hayes Lane.

It was all over bar the shouting at half-time with Cray 5-0 up with goals from Aaron Rhule, Jerome Federico, Marcus Evans and a Michael Power brace.

Freddie Parker replaced Power at the break and proceeded to net a hat-trick in the 60th minute from the spot, 73rd and 78th minutes.

Evo-Stik South East side Egham Town fell only one goal short of Cray`s total in hammering Bostik South strugglers Shoreham 7-1 at the Runnymede Stadium.

It was 3-1 at the break with Brendan Matthew, Mitch Wiseman and Aaron Berry for the Sarnies and Ross Myers for the Mussels.

Lewis Cole, Louis Stead, Liam Tack and Berry again added four more in the second half for the hosts.

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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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