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Two Tuesday Trophy Upsets

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Two FA Carlsberg Trophy replays on Tuesday night – two goalless draws – two `surprise` outcomes after the penalty shoot-outs!

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Chorley caused the biggest upset by ousting Skrill Premier side Forest Green Rovers from the competition on their own New Lawn patch.

Defences certainly held sway in this tie as last Saturday`s original encounter at Victory Park finished 0-0 as did Tuesday night`s replay, although the visiting Magpies did arguably have the better opportunities to win the match before the lottery of penalties.

Hero of the night turned out to be Chorley`s goalkeeper Sam Ashton, who saved three of Rovers` spot-kicks from Matthew Barnes-Homer, top scorer James Norwood and Paul Green as the underdogs ran out 3-1 victors.

Chorley now face another trip to a Skrill Premier side in Tamworth in the Third Round next month.

Nuneaton Town were the other Skrill Premier team to bite the dust on their own ground on Tuesday night.

Boro were knocked out, also on penalties, by Skrill South strugglers Gosport Borough.

The hosts were without key players and it showed as they turned in a disappointing performance against a deserving Gosport side.

The original tie at Privett Park also finished goalless but the replay should have been done and dusted before the end of normal time but for some poor finishing by Gosport and good saves from Nuneaton `keeper Kelle Roos.

It went to the almost inevitable penalties and Louis Moult and James Belshaw – one as a specialist penalty taker – both missed.

Gosport scored four of their penalties, giving them a 4-2 win and a trip to Calor League Southern Premier Division side Hungerford Town in the Third Round.


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