Saturday produced few real upsets in the Buildbase FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round, although two Vanarama National League South clubs in Oxford City and Bishop`s Stortford both lost to lower league opposition.
The biggest upset came at Marsh Farm where Oxford City lost their tie at home to lower mid-table Ryman League Division One South outfit South Park.
The visitors’ cause was not helped as goalkeeper James Wastell had to be replaced by a outfield player Dan Moody just beyond the half-hour mark, but it was they who took the lead on the stroke of the half-time through Kieran Lavery.
The higher level hosts were still unable to breach a stubborn defence until Tom Winters levelled with a trademark shot from outside the box on 77 minutes.
The visitors lifted their game putting themselves ahead again with an 87th minute goal from Joe Jackson, and, despite a late red card for a visiting defender, there was not enough time remaining for City to fashion a second equaliser.
Bishop`s Stortford, bottom of the National League South, can now concentrate their efforts on avoiding relegation after falling at the first hurdle in the Trophy at South Park`s promotion-chasing league rivals Hythe Town.
It didn`t start well for the home side at Reachfields though as Femi Akinwunde gave the Blues a 7th minute lead.
But in-demand Alfie May equalised after 26 minutes and 10 minutes later the Kent side were in front through Kenny Pogue.
May made it 3-1 at the break with a 40th minute second and, after Freddy Moncur had reduced the deficit from the penalty spot 8 minutes into the second half, May completed his hat-trick to enhance his growing reputation and kick Stortford out of the competition.
No less than eight other National League North or South sides face midweek replays against lower league opposition.
Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division North side Farsley Celtic were seconds away from producing an upset over Tamworth in a thrilling cup tie at Throstle Nest but sub Dan Newton, newly of Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy, struck in the 4th minute of stoppage time to break Celtic hearts.
Earlier, James Walshaw had given Farsley the breakthrough 10 minutes into the second half.
Steve Tomassen equalised with 20 minutes to go, but Jacob Hazel`s 89th minute effort looked to be taking the Yorkshire side through until Newton popped up with the Lambs` leveller.
Brackley Town, who have enjoyed a terrific Emirates FA Cup run, were almost victims of an upset themselves as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Northern Premier League Premier Division Mickleover Sports.
The hosts looked to have won it when Adam Baskerville finally opened the account for the afternoon in the 90th minute.
But a minute into stoppage time, Alex Gudger grabbed an equaliser to earn the Saints a home replay.
However, National League South sides Hampton & Richmond Borough and Poole Town face tricky away replays after being held at home.
Hampton were held to a goalless draw by Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central leaders Royston Town and had Michael Kamara sent-off 3 minutes into stoppage time for a second yellow offence.
Poole were held 1-1 at Tatnam by Southern Premier neighbours Weymouth.
A crowd of 755 saw Dean Evans give the Terras a 33rd minute lead that was cancelled out late on by Lewis Lindsey.
Poole`s league rivals Eastbourne Borough and Hemel Hempstead Town both had away draws, with the Boro making the long trek across to the north Suffolk coast to play Ryman Premier side Leiston, who looked to being going out of the competition when Nat Pinney gave Boro the lead from the spot in the 87th minute.
But Jack Ainsley kept his cool to level, also from 12 yards, in stoppage time.
Hemel also faced Ryman Premier opposition in Worthing at Woodside Road where 504 saw Jordan Parkes give the Tudors the lead 5 minutes before half-time, only for Lloyd Dawes to earn the Rebels a second crack with a 77th minute spot-kick conversion.
National League North sides FC Halifax Town and Stalybridge Celtic also live to fight another day after drawing at lower league opposition.
The Shaymen, defending their crowd they won in May against Grimsby Town, were behind to Curtis Morrison`s goal right on half-time for NPL Premier Division side Matlock Town – the 1975 winners – but Alex Simmons equalised 10 minutes from time to earn a Shay replay.
NPL First Division South side Stocksbridge Park Steels must have fancied their chances at Bracken Moor against strugglers Stalybridge.
But a 20th minute Aiden Chippendale opener settled Celtic nerves before Scott Ruthven equalised right on half-time.
Danny Wilkins then restored the visitors` lead 7 minutes after the break, but Harrison Biggins gave Steels a second go at Bower Fold with a 73rd minute leveller.
Biggest winners of the day were Truro City, who hammered Southern Premier Division side Frome Town 6-1 at Treyew Road with goals from River Allen and Aaron Bentley with two apiece, Niall Thompson and an Andy Neal penalty.
Other National League North winners against lower league opponents were AFC Telford United – 2-0 winners at the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium against NPL First Division North outfit Ramsbottom United with goals from Conor McCarthy after 62 minutes and Josh Wilson 8 minutes from time, and Kidderminster Harriers, who were 3-1 Aggborough winners over NPL First Division South side Lincoln United, courtesy of a Liam Truslove brace and Andre Brown.
Triumphant National League South sides against teams from lower down the non-League Pyramid were Bath City, who saw off Southern Premier Division Basingstoke Town 2-0 at Twerton Park with goals from Tyler Harvey after 32 minutes from the spot and then 48 minutes, Chelmsford City, who won 1-0 at Melbourne Stadium against Southern Division One South & West outfit Taunton Town, thanks to an 89th minute Anthony Church effort, and Ebbsfleet United, who won 4-2 at Stonebridge Road against Ryman Premier Harrow Borough.
Jack Powell gave Fleet the perfect start with a goal inside the opening minute and that was followed by Bradley Bubb, Charlie Sheringham and Anthony Cook goals for the hosts and Josh Webb and Marc Charles-Smith replies for Boro.
All-Natioanl League North ties saw wins for Stockport County and leaders AFC Fylde.
A crowd of 1,164 saw Stockport beat Bradford Park Avenue 2-0 at Edgeley Park with goals from Sam Minihan after 31 minutes and then John Marsden in stoppage time at the end of the game, while the Coasters edged a five-goal thriller at Whaddon Road against Gloucester City, whose Lewis Hall opened the scoring after just 2 minutes.
Danny Rowe – who else! – equalised from the spot after 18 minutes and, after Joe Parker had restored the Tigers` lead just before the hour-mark, went on to complete yet another hat-trick in the 88th and then 4 minutes into time added on.
All-National League South ties found Dartford in form at Woodspring Park against struggling Weston-super-Mare, running out 4-2 winners, thanks to a hat-trick from Elliott Bradbrook and one from Andy Pugh, cancelling out Bradley Ash`s brace for the Seagulls.
Chris Flood gave 2014 finalists Gosport Borough victory in the 37th minute at Bulpit Lane against Hungerford Town, while George Oakley`s 83rd minute effort saw Welling United through at Concord Rangers.
There were several draws.
National league North rivals Gainsborough Trinity and Alfreton Town couldn`t manage a goal between them at the Northolme, while Harrogate Town and Salford City shared four at the CNG Stadium.
Lloyd Kerry put Town in front after just 2 minutes, only for Jamie Poole to level after 18 minutes.
Luke Shiels restored the home side`s lead right on half-time, but Michael Nottingham earned the Ammies a home replay in the 67th minute.
Ties involving National League South sides needing replays were Whitehawk and St Albans City, where Wilfred Tagbo`s last-gasp equaliser salvaged a replay for the Hawks after Louie Theophanous had given the visitors a 79th minute breakthrough, while newcomer Victor Adeboyejo`s 70th minute penalty earned strugglers Margate a second go after Sam Higgins`s 5th minute spot-kick had given East Thurrock United an early lead at Hartsdown Park.
The 1985 winners Wealdstone live to fight another day after sharing a 2-2 draw at league leaders Maidenhead United, whose Sam Barratt and Harry Pritchard cancelled out Eddie Oshodi and Jonny Wright efforts for the Stones.
The tie between National League North side Boston United and NPL First Division South side Witton Albion was abandoned at half-time at Wincham Park because of fog.
Aaron Woodley scored the only goal of the game after 65 minutes to earn Southern Division One South & West side North Leigh a shock result at home against two-time Trophy winners Kingstonian.
NPL First Division South club Shaw Lane AFC shocked NPL Premier Division Nantwich Town 3-1 at home, thanks to a Gavin Allott brace and one from Andy Gascoigne with Sean Cooke replying.
Elsewhere, Ryman Premier side Wingate & Wingate knocked out Southern Premier high-flyers Slough Town 4-2 at Arbour Park.
Rob Laney gave the visitors an early 4th minute lead that Reece Beckles-Richards doubled after 21 minutes.
Lee Togwell reduced the arrears after 31 minutes and Ben Pattie added a third for the visitors just shy of the hour-mark.
Warren Harris gave Slough a chance with an 88th minute second, but Ahmet Rifat`s fourth a minute later ensured there was to be no comeback.
Ryman Premier triumphed over Southern Premier too at Kings Langley where AFC Sudbury won 3-1 with goals from Luke Callander with two and Dylan Williams – Jamie Calvin for Kings.
It was reversed at Leylands Park, however, where Ryman Premier Burgess Hill Town were sunk 3-0 by Southern Premier Hitchin Town.
Robbie Burns gave the Canaries a 14th minute lead but the turning point came in the 22nd minute when the Hillians had Will Miles sent-off and Ben Walster converted the resulting penalty.
Callum Donnelly added a third 4 minutes from time.
Havant & Waterlooville also ended up with ten-men in their tie at Westleigh Park against Ryman Premier rivals Harlow Town when striker Jason Prior saw red just before half-time – seconds after Layne Eadie had given the visitors the lead.
Leon Antoine and Alex Read added further second half goals for the Essex Hawks.