NON-LEAGUE: FA Cup shock for Spalding, Sports set up derby with Star

Spalding players celebrate an early Mitch Griffiths goal against Sporting Khalsa. Photo: Tim Wilson.
Spalding players celebrate an early Mitch Griffiths goal against Sporting Khalsa. Photo: Tim Wilson.
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Spalding United were surprisingly beaten in their FA Cup third qualifying round replay on a controversial night at the Sir Halley Stewart Field (October 13).

The Tulips were a goal in front and cruising when defender Ross Watson was dismissed five minutes before the break after committing two yellow card offences that the home side felt were ‘soft’. Opponents Sporting Khalsa, who play a level below Spalding, took full advantage equalising almost immediately and then heading home a winner 12 minutes from time.

Action from Spalding's FA Cup defeat by Sporting Khalsa. Photo: Tim Wilson.

Action from Spalding's FA Cup defeat by Sporting Khalsa. Photo: Tim Wilson.

Mitch Griffiths, who also hit the post, had lobbed Spalding in front on 13 minutes. Sporting Khalsa, who had equalised from the penalty spot in the dying moments in the first tie, now go on to host either FC United of Manchester or Buxton in the final qualifying round before the first round proper.

Peterborough Sports enjoyed a much better cup night although they had to work hard before overcoming United Counties First Division rivals Thrapston in a League Cup tie. Thrapston took a first-half lead and held on thanks to excellent defending before Karl Gibbs equalised midway through the second-half.

Jordan Macleod grabbed the winner eight minutes from time to set up a city derby in the next round at home to Peterborough Northern Star.

Star are showing good form at present. They won a fourth Premier Division game in a row last night as goals from Craig Smith, Christian Le and Jacob Joyce secured a come-from-behind 3-1 win at Boston Town. Two goals in the final minutes of the first half swung the game Star’s way.

Yaxley slipped from second to fourth following a 4-2 defeat at Deeping Rangers. Dan Cotton’s 17th goal of the season fired Yaxley in front on 40 minutes but there was still time for Scott Coupland to equalise before the break.

Spencer Tinkler, Scott Mooney and Jordan Avis all scored for Deeping in the second-half with Matt Gearing netting for Yaxley.

The Wisbech Town slump continued as they went down 3-1 at home to Sleaford. Matt Sparrow scored a consolation goal for the Fenmen who are now in the bottom half of the table.

Blackstones won their Lincs SEnior Cup tie at local rivals Bourne with a late penalty from Matt Simpson. Dan Evans had earlier equalised a Jake Mason effort for Bourne.

Ondre Odain (2) and Lewis McManus scored the goals that saw March Town United through in the Cambs Invitation Cup at the expense of Over Sports and there was a much-improved display from Stanford AFC as they held Ilkeston to a 1-1 draw in the Evo Stik Northerh Premier Division at the Zeeco Stadium.

A Nabil Shariff goal gave The Daniels the lead, but Ilkeston, who are managed by former Posh midfielder Gavin Strachan, equalised before half-time.

Stamford remain next-to-bottom in the table and without a home win in seven attempts.

Holbeach United can go fifth in the United Counties Premier Division with a win at lowly Harrowby United tonight (October 14).


Tuesday, October 13

(Third qualifying round replay)

Spalding United 1 (Griffiths)

Sporting Khalsa 2


Northern Premier Division

Stamford AFC 1 (Shariff)

Ilkeston 1


Premier Division

Boston Town 1

Peterborough Northern Star 3 (Smith, Le, Joyce)

Deeping Rangers 4 (Coupland, Avis, Mooney, Tinkler)

Yaxley 2 (Cotton, Gearing)

Wisbech Town 1 (Sparrow)

Sleaford Town 3

League Cup

Thrapston Town 1

Peterborough Sports 2 (K. Gibbs, Macleod)

Lincs Senior Trophy


Bourne Town 1 (Mason)

Blackstones 2 (Evans, Simpson)


March Town United 3 (Odain 2, McManus)

Over Sports 1


Wednesday, October 14


Premier Division

Harrowby v Holbeach United

Huntingdon v Wellingborough Town