Saturday's preliminary round action

By David Watters

Upsets are harder to find in the early rounds of the Emirates FA Cup but Saturday`s preliminary round saw more than a handful involving teams from lower divisions and the EVO-STIK League’s clubs, writes Steve Whitney at Non-League Today.

North West Counties Football League side Ashton Athletic ousted EVO-STIK League West visitors Skelmersdale United 2-1 with goals in the final six minutes from Adam Howard and Chris Bandell after Skem had led through Jason Carey`s 48th minute effort.

EVO-STIK League East Loughborough Dynamo were beaten at home by Northern Counties East League Premier Division outfit Bottesford Town, whose Jack McMenemy bagged a brace, Dale Hutson and Craig Bridge with the others, Jordan Wilson and Danny Gordon replying.

EVO-STIK League East Brighouse Town and Runcorn Linnets are also went out to NCEL clubs, Tim Whittaker and Elliott Simspon scoring for Parkgate before the break in a 2-0 win at the former’s Dual Seal Stadium in a 2-0 win. EVO-STIK League West Runcorn also lost at home, Ross Duggan and Danny Frost outgunning Kurt Sherlock’s opener.

Romulus, relegated from the Northern Premier League at the end of last season and now playing in the Midland League Premier, eased through 4-0 at home to EVO-STIK League West side Newcastle Town, thanks to a Mitch Piggon double and Dimitri Dunkley and Luke Richards goals.

A second NWCFL side also progressed by knocking out NPL opponents, Irlam achieving their 2-1 win on the road at Prescot Cables thanks to two goals from Matty Bowland.

EVO-STIK League East Brighouse Town are also out, Tim Whittaker and Elliott Simspon scoring for Parkgate before the break at the Dual Seal Stadium.

What hasn’t been reported about EVO-STIK West side Clitheroe`s 6-6 draw with Northern Leaguers Sunderland RCA!

It was 5-4 to the Blues when they had two players dismissed with five minutes remaining! Obi Anorou bagged a hat-trick for the hosts, their other goals an Ollie Wood 18th minute penalty, Josh Gregory on the half hour mark and Antoine Recizac 90 in the final minute before Luke Page and Nathan O’Neill struck twice in time added on.

It ended 4-4 at the Butcher`s Arms in another goal fest between Clitheroe`s league rivals Droylsden and NWCFL outfit Squires Gate, whose Richard Seear helped them come back from 4-2 down with a brace.

The day’s biggest winners were EVO-STIK League Frickley Athletic, who hammered Northern Counties East visitors Liversedge 10-1.

Jacob Hazel netted a hat-trick, with braces for Tyler Walton, Dan Palmer and Jack Burton – and all after `Sedge had taken a third minute lead through Roy Fogarty!

Several teams in the Northern Premier League faced possible `banana skins` but avoided slipping up to go into the hat for Tuesday’s first qualifying round.

Trafford eased through at NWCFL Division One hosts AFC Darwen, running out 4-1 winners with Matt Bryan bagging a late brace to add to goals from Andy Langford and Mark Derbyshire after Harrison Green had equalised for Darwen.

NPL newcomers AFC Mansfield face local East Midlands Counties League neighbours Rainworth Miners Welfare, who succumbed to a 30th minute Jordan Annable effort.

EVO-STIK League West side Glossop North End have a replay after Jason Hill`s 49th minute opener for the Hillmen was cancelled out by NWCL City of Liverpool`s Jack Hazelhurst 19 minutes from time.

West Midlands Regional League side Haughmond looked to be heading out of the competition when EVO-STIK League West visitors Market Drayton Town broke the deadlock in the 88th minute through Daniel Beddows but Scott Ryan popped up in stoppage time to earn the minnows a second chance.

Another WMRL side to earn a second crack at a team two levels higher are Wednesfield, who held EVO-STIK League West visitors Chasetown to a 2-2 draw.

Jacob Lovatt and George Cater gave the Scholars a 2-1 lead until Kevin Nickle earned Wednesfield a second go with his second goal two minutes from time.

Northern Counties East League Division One outfit Selby Town will fancy their chances now after holding EVO-STIK League West hosts Kendal Town to a 1-1 draw at Parkside, Ben Thomas eventually levelling Carl Stewart`s 15th minute opener for Selby on 66 minutes.

EVO-STIK League East side Cleethorpes Town will have home advantage now over Midland League Premier Division outfit Loughborough University after being pegged back in stoppage time in a 3-3 thriller.

Alex Flett`s 21st minute opener led the tie for Clee until the 66th minute when Christian Eneremadu equalised. Just two minutes later, Jon Oglesby restored Clee`s lead, only for the hosts to level again through Dan Hanson two minutes later. Four minutes on and the visitors were 3-2 up with a second for Flett but Joe Boachie equalised in the 91st minute.

Step 6 United Counties League Division One side Sileby Rangers held EVO-STIK League East new boys Wisbech Town to a 1-1 draw at Fernie Fields.

The Fenmen led through Michael Frew`s 11th minute opener until four minutes into time added on at the end of the game when Nat Liburd popped up with the Northampton side`s leveller.

Radcliffe FC, who’ve started the season well, survived a potential banana skin at NWCL Division One side Prestwich Heys thanks to a Ben Wharton brace in the ninth and 66th minutes and all in front of cameras broadcasting the lunchtime action live on the digital channels of BBC Sport.

According to reports, United Counties League Premier side Wellingborough Town were a touch unlucky to have bowed out at Division One East hosts Spalding United, Leon Mettam`s 42nd minute opener for the Tulips being answered immediately by Adam Speight.

Beppe Freitas` 72nd minute penalty put the Doughboys in front but Gary King levelled five minutes from time and then Danny Brookes saw the home side through with an 85th minute penalty.

EVO-STIK League Stamford were also held at home, Stuart Wall equalising for former NPL club Peterborough Sports after Elliot Putman’s 57th minute penalty for the Daniels.

Former NPL side, now Southern League Division One Central outfit Sutton Coldfield Town, saw off EVO-STIK League East side Gresley FC 3-0 at Coles Lane thanks to goals from Mitch Clarke, Jordan Nadat and Harvey Howell.

Amongst the all-NPL ties, EVO-STIK League West side Bamber Bridge won 3-1 at EVO-STIK League East hosts Stocksbridge Park Steels thanks to a Jamie Milligan brace while West side Hyde United eased past East visitors Sheffield FC 5-1 at Ewen Fields with Karl Jones netting a hat-trick.

Ossett United’s first ever FA Cup tie will see them travel back to Manchester next week as Adam Jones with six minutes left gave Mossley the replay after Adam Priestley and Tom Corner put the hosts in front in the second half.

Rikki Paylor bagged a brace to help Belper Town through 2-1 at Christchurch Meadow against EVO-STIK League East rivals Lincoln United while Ben Hardcastle`s penalty and Ben Conway for Atherton Collieries outgunned a goal from Tom McGready for EVO-STIK League West rivals Colwyn Bay.

Morpeth won the clash of the Northern League promotees with a 1-0 win hosting Marske United, courtesy of a Michael Turner goal in the 77th minute, while Jerome Wright equalised for Ramsbottom United at Kidsgrove Athletic after Anthony Malbon’s 32nd minute opener.

Nick McNally put Colne into the next round in the EVO-STIK League East versus West match-up in the evening game against Pickering Town with the final goal in a 4-0 win after Brad Lynch and Reece Webb-Foster followed up Alex Curran’s sixth minute opener.

Northern League First Division club Shildon’s hopes of a good run were dashed when they were beaten 4-1 at EVO-STIK League East Tadcaster Albion.

Shildon were hoping to pull off a shock and have a good run in the competition like they did last season but they were always up against it once Joe Lumsden gave Taddy an early lead.

Lumsden made it 2-0 just before half time after he played a 1-2, but Shildon player-manager Danny Moore gave his side hope with a header from Keith Graydon’s free kick. Billy Whitehouse and Casey Stewart added further goals and knocked Shildon out.

Elsewhere, Dunston UTS beat Pontefract Collieries from the EVO-STIK League East 4-2, Ely Hey bagging a brace either side of the break in reply.

To read the round-ups involving the EVO-STIK League's clubs on matchdays visit Non League Today. To read the latest news from across Non-League visit Non League Today.

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