Proud boss Jimmy Dean hailed an ‘immense performance’ from his Peterborough Sports players as they claimed another higher-level FA Cup scalp yesterday (August 29).
Sports triumphed 5-3 in a thriller at Newmarket Town to dump a second Step 5 team out of the competition. They had launched their record-breaking first appearance in the famous competition for 93 years by easing past Eynesbury Rovers a couple of weeks ago.
Striking star Avelino Vieira put them in command with a hat-trick yesterday only for ‘The Jockeys’ to mount a rousing comeback with three goals in eight minutes.
But Sports regained the initiative as Vieira fired his fourth before Jordan MacLeod sealed victory.
“I can’t praise the boys highly enough,” said Dean. “It is a great effort to put out a second team from Step 5 and Newmarket are a top side at that level.
“I believed in my boys even after Newmarket had got themselves level. We made a tactical change, got ourselves going again and as soon as we hit the fourth goal I could see Newmarket were beaten.”
Sports’ reward is a clash against Southern League Premier Division side Hitchin Town in the first qualifying round on September 12.
Yaxley went on a second-half scoring spree to dump out regular cup rivals Godmanchester Rovers.
Dan Cotton and Toby Ogbonna set them on the way to a 4-1 success before player/coach Andy Furnell hit a late brace.
Rovers had seen a first-half penalty saved while the fifth knockout meeting between these two clubs in the space of 13 months was still goalless. Yaxley will now host East Thurrock United in the next round.
Deeping also advanced courtesy of a solitary Scott Mooney strike which sunk Dereham to earn a trip to either Leek Town or Rocester.
Holbeach’s derby triumph at Wisbech was also settled by a single goal. Gary King provided it just after the hour and they will now host Midland League leaders Stourport Swifts.
Tom Waumsley bagged a six-minute brace in the second half as Spalding came from behind to triumph 2-1 at Nottingham side Radford. They’ll now host Nantwich in the next round.
Preliminary round: Deeping 1 (Mooney), Dereham 0; Wisbech 0, Holbeach 1 (King); Yaxley 4 (Furnell 2, Cotton, Ogbonna), Godmanchester Rovers 1; Newmarket 3, Pboro Sports 5 (Vieira 4, MacLeod).