The magic of the FA Cup came to life locally last night (September 15) as Deeping Rangers, Holbeach United and Stamford AFC all made it through to the second qualifying round after outstanding replay displays.
Deeping have earned a lucrative glamour tie at home to AFC Rushden & Diamonds after scoring three goals in the last seven minutes against higher level Leek Town at Outgang Road to seal a 4-2 win to equal their best-ever run in the biggest knock-out competition of them all.
Scott Mooney opened the scoring for the home side in the third minute before Leek went in front, but Mooney, Scott Coupland Jez Goldson-Williams all netted late on to earn Deeping £3,000 in prize money and the likelihood of a bumper crowd in the next round.
“This is one of the best nights I’ve had in football, playing or managing,” said Deeping manager Michael Goode. “Both teams played well, but we played better.”
Holbeach United have arguably the tie of the second qualifying round round though as they will host National North side Worcester City at Carters Park after overcoming a 270-mile round trip and Stourport Swifts 1-0 with an extra-time goal from Jordan Thomas. Thomas struck in the 101st minute, although the Tigers would have won by a much more convinicing margin, but for an inspired display from the home goalkeeper.
“I’m so proud of my players,” enthused Holbeach boss Darren Jarvis.
Worcester boast prolific former Football League goalscorers Lee Hughes and Deon Burton in their squad.
Stamford had goalkeeper Richard Knight to thank for their progress, He was brilliant in Saturday’s (September 12) draw at Leamington and he saved a late penalty last night with the score at 1-1. Lewis Carr was dismissed after conceding the spot-kick and Gregg Smith promptly scored at the other end to send the Daniels through.
Nathan Hicks had put Stamford ahead early in the game before Leamington equalised 10 minutes from time.
Yaxley bowed out of the cup after losing their re-staged first round tie 3-1 at home to East Thurrock United. The original game had been abandoned with five minutes to go with the score goalless following a serious injury to a visiting player.
But Thurrock dominated the first hour and were 3-0 ahead before Matt Gearing pulled a goal back. Yaxley’s hopes disappeared when Dan Cotton saw a penalty saved after the visitors had been reduced to 10 men.
In the United Counties League Cup Declan Rogers scored a hat-trick on his debut for Peterborough Northern Star against one of his old clubs, Huntingdon Town. Craig Smith scored the other goal in a 4-0 win.
Bourne bowed out of the Hinchingbrooke Cup 3-1 at home to United Counties Division rivals Potton. Jake Mason scored the Potton goal.
Revised FA Cup draw: (ties to be played September 26) Coalville v Spalding United, Coleshill v Stamford AFC, Deping Rangers v AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Holbeach v Worcester City,
First qualifying round
Yaxley 1 (Gearing)
East Thurrock United 3
First qualifying round replays Deeping Rangers 4 (Mooney 2, Coupland, Goldson-Williams)
Leek Town 2
Stourport Swifts 0
Holbeach United 1 (Thomas)
Stamford 2 (Hicks, Smith)
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE CUP
Peterborough Northern Star 4 (Rogers 3, Smith)
Huntingdon Town 0
Bourne 1 (Mason)
Potton United 3