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Saturday`s FA Trophy Round-Up…..

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There were few `shock` results in Saturday`s FA Trophy Second Round ties.

A potential surprise is still on the cards after Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division side FC United of Manchester held Vanarama Conference North high-flyers Chorley to a 3-3 draw at Victory Park.

FC United will now have home advantage in the replay on Tuesday night at the Tameside Stadium after fighting back to draw a six-goal thriller in front of a crowd of 2,254.

The Reds were 2-0 down at half-time due to an own goal by Luke Ashworth and a superb strike by James Dean.

But a Tom Greaves brace got the visitors back on level terms by the 66th minute before Matthew Wolfenden looked like he might have scored the winner with 9 minutes to go.

However, the lead was short lived as Dean got his second goal and the equaliser barely 3 minutes later to earn a second chance.

Vanarama Conference South side Ebbsfleet United ousted Vanarama Conference visitors Forest Green Rovers at Stonebridge Road.

Jamie Day`s new-look Fleet went through 1-0 against ten-man Rovers, thanks to Daryl McMahon’s 40th minute strike from 20 yards.

That came 5 minutes after Forest Green had lost Dale Bennett to a straight red card for a bad tackle on new signing Danny Kedwell.

Other than that, it was pretty much as expected elsewhere.

Ryman League Division One South Burgess Hill Town, the lowest-ranked club left in the competition, bowed out 2-1 at Leylands Park to Vanarama Conference side Dartford.

In front of a crowd of 1,010, the Hillians fell behind as early as the 5th minute when they conceded a penalty that Harry Crawford converted.

But Pat Harding equalised 6 minutes before the break, and that looked like earning the Sussex side a replay, until Danny Harris popped up with the Darts` winner a minute from time.

In all-Vanarama Conference ties, a Richard Peniket hat-trick sent FC Halifax Town into the Third Round after an eight-goal thriller at the Shay against Alfreton Town.

The Shaymen’s first game in 2015 and a game to remember for the 949 fans who watched on in amazement as an early Alfreton goal within the first 5 minutes from Bradley Wood got the game going, before Steve Williams got the home side level.

Lee Stevenson then put the away side back in-front before the break, but Peniket was on hand to send the teams in level in the final minute of the half.

The Reds began the second half similar to the first, scoring within 10 minutes, thanks to Tom Shaw.

But once again, back came the Shaymen and Peniket. The 21-year-old equalised with his second goal on the hour-mark before getting his hat-trick and Town’s fourth minutes later.

A long range Danny Schofield free-kick that cannoned in off keeper George Wills wrapped things up in a phenomenal game at the Shay.

Former winners Kidderminster Harriers were left to rue Craig Reid’s penalty miss as Altrincham ended their Trophy dreams for this season.

Harriers fell behind to Damian Reeves’ 20th minute penalty but Reid fired a spot-kick over the bar late in the first half.

The hosts piled on the pressure and were denied by Altrincham keeper Stuart Coburn, who made several fine saves.

Grimsby Town and Gateshead will have to try again to settle their tie after a goalless draw at Blundell Park.

The Mariners created the better chances on a windy afternoon by the sea but they were unable to find a breakthrough.

Gateshead had fewer opportunities on one of Town `keeper James McKeown’s quieter afternoons and it was the hosts who pushed for a winner in the closing stages of the game.

But they could not break their visitors down and the teams will now face a replay at the International Stadium next week.

Last weekend Dover Athletic were preparing to host Barclays Premier League side Crystal Palace, but this week it was a trip to Westleigh Park for a tricky test against Conference South play-off chasers Havant & Waterlooville.

And the Whites scraped through with a late goal.

The tie looked to be heading towards a replay when the visitors` substitute Ricky Modeste struck 5 minutes from time to seal victory for Chris Kinnear`s side.

Another Vanarama Conference side through are Torquay United, who eased to a 4-0 win at Plainmoor against Conference South promotion-hopefuls Bromley.

The visitors` boss Mark Goldberg was celebrating winning the December manager of the month award, but goals from Ben Harding, Toby Ajala, Ryan Bowman and Ashley Yeoman made it a comfortable win for the Gulls.

Louis Moult’s spectacular overhead kick earned recent Trophy winners Wrexham a replay with Conference North hosts Stockport County following a 2-2 draw at Edgeley Park.

The visitors, who were knocked out of the FA Cup by Stoke City last weekend, trailed at half-time following goals from Jack Ryan and Chris Sharp.

But two goals in the space of 3 second half minutes pulled the Dragons back into the game as Connor Jennings and then Moult found the net.

Jay Harris almost grabbed the winner for the visitors but his effort was parried wide, meaning a replay on Tuesday at the Racecourse Ground.

Two goals in 2 minutes with a quarter of an hour remaining saw Oxford City bounce back to grab a draw with old rivals Woking in the 125th fixture between the two clubs.

Kevin Betsy gave Woking the lead on 17 minutes and then provided the cross for John Goddard to head the visitors’ second on 54 minutes.

Substitute Greg Pearson netted his first goal for the club from the penalty spot after 72 minutes and Declan Benjamin levelled for the hosts 2 minutes later.

Both clubs will go into the hat for the Third Round draw on Monday ahead of Tuesday night’s replay at Kingfield.

Two red cards, two penalties and a goalkeeping error were the story of last season`s runners-up Gosport Borough exit at Privett Park against Braintree Town.

Any hopes the Conference South hosts had of a return to Wembley were put on hold when the visitors were awarded an early penalty.

Nathan Ashmore though kept out Kenny Davis’ spot-kick. But on the stroke of half-time the visitors were awarded another opportunity from 12 yards when Dan Wooden was adjudged to have committed a professional foul.

Davis made no mistake second-time round and it got better for Braintree after the break when Jordan Cox punished Ashmore’s poor clearance to double their lead.

Any remaining hopes Boro had of fighting back for a replay ended when Mike Carter was shown a red card for a reckless challenge on Matt Payne.

North Ferriby United comfortably progressed against Conference North rivals Hyde FC at Church Road.

But despite dominating for very long periods, it took two late goals from Tom Denton and Ryan Kendall to seal victory against the division`s bottom side.

Bath City progressed to the last sixteen, thanks to three first half goals at Grosvenor Vale against Conference South rivals and former Trophy winners Wealdstone.

Andy Watkins, Ashley Kington and Frankie Artus were on target for the visitors as they avenged a 1-0 defeat to the Stones in the league at Twerton Park three weeks earlier.

Conference South side Hemel Hempstead Town went through against league rivals Concord Rangers.

Dennis Oli gave the Tudors a 25th minute lead – a lead they held until the 65th minute when Lewis Taaffe pulled the Beachboys back on level terms.

However, a Ollie Hawkins brace on 66 and 85 minutes took the home side through.

In another all-Conference South tie, Maidenhead United and Farnborough shared a 2-2 draw at York Road.

Louis Theophanous gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half, but then had Darryl Siaw dismissed shortly afterwards for violent conduct.

Reece Tison-Lascaris equalised for the Magpies early in the second half and then looked as though they were going through when Dave Tarpey made it 2-1 in the 83rd minute.

But Adam Brice’s 90th minute leveller earned plucky Boro a replay.


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