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FA Cup | Kidderminster and Buxton provide main shocks

Despite no Football League teams falling to non-league opposition on Saturday, there were still shocks to be found among the other ties. 

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Photo by Marcus Branston

By Steven Oldham 

Kidderminster Harriers 1-0 Grimsby Town

Ashley Hemmings’ second-half penalty was enough for Kidderminster Harriers to surprise National League high-flyers Grimsby Town.

Step 2 Harriers are through to the second round for the first time since 2014.  The Aggborough side reached the fourth round that year, only beaten by the then Premier League Sunderland. 

Grimsby were early leaders in the National League, but have since dropped to third.  Today’s result is their third consecutive 1-0 loss.

York City 0-1 Buxton

NPL side Buxton took a late victory at York City thanks to Diego DeGirolamo’s goal five minutes from time. 

The Bucks - competing in the first round for the first time since 1962 - will now take their place in the second round draw.

The game looked to be heading to a goalless draw and subsequent replay until DeGirolamo’s goal. 

It’s a brilliant start for new boss Steve Cunningham, taking charge of his first game at the club since being appointed this week. 

FC Halifax Town 7-4 Maidenhead United 

This all-National League clash undoubtedly provided the day’s best entertainment as The Shay proved to be the place to be. 

Tyrell Warren’s first goal for Halifax opened the scoring on a day where three players netted braces. 

It was 2-2 after just 20 minutes, with the home side twice taking the lead through Warren and Matty Warburton.  Josh Kelly and Emile Acquah pegged them back.

Kian Spence and Billy Waters established Halifax’s superiority as the half came to a close, but not before Acquah netted his second.  Pete Wild’s side were 4-3 up at half time.

Jordan Slew added a fifth, with Waters adding his second just before the hour.  Kelly sealed his brace shortly afterwards.

Elliott Newby’s 73rd minute goal rounded out the scoring and a crazy game ended 7-4. 

Wigan Athletic 0-0 Solihull Moors

Solihull Moors held 2013 winners Wigan Athletic to a goalless draw and will look forward to the replay at Damson Park. 

Moors will have another bite at the cherry to secure a fourth consecutive appearance in round two. 

They survived late heartbreak as an injury time Charlie Wyke goal was ruled out for offside.

The two sides will replay the game on November 16. 

Gateshead 2-2 Altrincham

Captain Jake Moult earned National League side Altrincham a replay late on at Step 2 side Gateshead.

Adam Armstrong opened the scoring for the home side two minutes into the second half. Greg Olley doubled his side’s advantage with ten minutes left on the clock. 

Marcus Dinanga pulled one back for Altrincham, and Moult’s last minute equaliser spared Phil Parkinson’s blushes. 

Narrow defeats against League sides 

Bowers & Pitsea, Hayes & Yeading United, King’s Lynn Town, Guiseley and Harrow Borough all recorded narrow 1-0 defeats to Football League opposition.

Lincoln City beat Bowers & Pitsea thanks to Max Bowers’ goal midway through the second half. 

Hayes and Yeading went out to reigning National League champions Sutton United. Will Randall’s goal 20 minutes from time sealed the deal. 

Brendan Kiernan’s early goal for Walsall was enough to see off King’s Lynn. 

National League North side Guiseley were beaten by Ollie Palmer’s goal for AFC Wimbledon.

Portsmouth might have been expecting an easier game at Fratton Park but were another side restricted to a one goal win. Marcus Harness’ goal on the half hour was the difference between the two sides.

All National League ties go with the formbook

National League leaders Boreham Wood progressed at the expense of Eastleigh in a 2-0 win. 

Scott Boden’s brace booked their place in the next round, but he could have had a hat-trick had his third not been ruled out for offside. 

Luke Garrard’s side are looking to at least emulate their best ever performance in the competition.  They reached the third round last season, going out to Championship side Millwall.


Chesterfield took a 3-1 victory over National League rivals Southend United. 

Rhys Oates had put the visitors ahead after just four minutes, but that was as good as it got for Kevin Maher’s side.

Saidou Khan levelled the scores two minutes later, with debutant Luke Croll giving his side the lead shortly after.

Top scorer Kabongo Tshimanga added the gloss late on. Calvin Miller and Zak Brunt were both sent off in injury time.

Best of the rest

Yeovil Town picked up an emphatic 5-0 victory at Yate Town

There was to be no shock in front of the TV cameras for Banbury United who lost 4-0 to League Two side Barrow.

Wrexham took the lead in their game against Harrogate Town but ended up losing 2-1.

National League form side Bromley fell to a 3-0 defeat at Rotherham United.

Horsham’s run in the Cup came to an end in a 2-0 defeat at Carlisle United.

Charlton Athletic were 4-0 winners over National League South side Havant & Waterlooville.

Ebbsfleet United had a short trip to Leyton Orient, and lost 1-0 at Brisbane Road. 

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