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FA Trophy | AFC Totton's demolish Concord Rangers on a day of upsets

AFC Totton sprung the biggest surprise of the day after demolishing Concord Rangers 5-0 in the FA Trophy second round. 

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By Steven Oldham 

Concord Rangers 0-5 AFC Totton

Step 4 side Totton embarrassed their National League South opponents in their own backyard to pick up the result of the day. 

Goals from Ethan Taylor, Sam Griffin (2), Hisham Kasimu and Adam Tomasso secured the Southern League D1 South’s side progress into the third round. 

Interim manager Dan Sackman celebrated a month in charge by leading his team to a memorable victory and picking up the winner’s cheque for £3,750. 

Cray Wanderers 2-2 Ebbsfleet United (5-3 on penalties)

NLS highflyers Ebbsfleet United fought back late on to force the game to a penalty shootout but were knocked out by clinical Cray Wanderers. 

The home side were 2-0 up by half time thanks to a Jamie Yila brace.  Dennis Kutrieb’s side fought back very late on, with Rakish Bingham getting his side back into it with 15 minutes to play.  Will Wood took the game to penalty kicks with a last minute equaliser.

However, it was the Isthmian Premier side who struck gold with their spot kicks, and progressed into the third round for the first time. 

Chelmsford City 1-2 Cheshunt 

Chelmsford’s miserable season continued as they were dumped out of the Trophy by Step 3 Cheshunt.

The National League South strugglers departed the competition at the first attempt after Reece Beckles Richards and Rowan Liburd were on target for the visitors.

Dara Dada had levelled the score before half time, but it’s another defeat for Robbie Simpson’s team.

Cheshunt pick up a fourth win in the competition having already eliminated Corinthian Casuals, Bracknell Town and Berkhamsted. 

Uxbridge & Plymouth Parkway provide further shocks

Uxbridge and Plymouth Parkway have once again shocked higher ranked opposition after producing the upsets of the last round.

Both sides eliminated Step 2 opposition in Chippenham Town and Hampton & Richmond Borough respectively.  Both games ended 1-0. 

Alex Witham was on target for Uxbridge, with Jack Crago sealing victory for Parkway. 

Both sides make history by reaching the third round, with Parkway excelling in their debut season.

Hemel Hempstead Town 1-1 Stourbridge (5-6 on pens)

Stourbridge produced a giant killing of their own after knocking Hemel Hempstead in a penalty shootout. 

Lathaniel Rowe-Turner’s first half red card did not derail The Glassboys progression, with Montel Gibson picking up a tenth goal of the season. 

Stourbridge still have some way to better their best ever performance, a quarter final appearance 50 years ago.

Wimborne Athletic 1-2 Larkhall Athletic 

Wimborne left it too late to avoid being on the wrong end of a cupset, with an injury time goal not enough to stop Larkhall progressing. 

Second half goals from Matt Britton and Alex Lambert had given the visitors the advantage, after Harry Morgan was sent off for the home side. 

It’s back to concentrating on the league for Wimborne, who are rock bottom of the Southern League Premier South. 

AFC Fylde and Dartford progress 

Both Step 2 leaders progressed against divisional rivals, but neither AFC Fylde or Dartford had an easy ride into the third round.

The Coasters were 1-0 winners over Gateshead thanks to Emeka Obi’s second half header. 

Dartford progressed against Bath City, but needed a penalty shootout to dispatch Bath City after the game ended goalless.  Steve King’s side held their nerve to take a 5-3 shootout win. 

Step 2 sides safely through

It was a bad day for many Step 2 sides, but some progressed past lower ranked opponents as expected in Saturday’s games. 

Dulwich Hamlet took a narrow 2-1 victory at Brentwood Town, with Tyrone Sterling scoring the winner with six minutes to play.

Braintree Town may be struggling in the league, but picked up a valuable 3-1 win over Potters Bar Town.  Arsamit Krasniqi hit a brace, with Luke Holness sealing the result late on. 

Tonbridge Angels picked up a morale-boosting 1-0 victory at Canvey Island. Joe Turner’s second goal in as many weeks secured their passage into round three.

Eastbourne Borough were 2-1 winners over Tiverton Town thanks to a Charlie Walker brace.

Dorking Wanderers took a 2-0 victory at Worthing, with Alfie Rutherford netting in both halves.

AFC Telford United got the new manager bounce in a 4-0 away win at Felixstowe & Walton United.  Paul Carden’s first game in charge will give Bucks fans some hope that they can climb off the bottom spot in the near future. 

Best of the rest 

Radcliffe crushed Tamworth 5-1, with Bobby Grant scoring twice, including one from the penalty spot.

Bishop Stortford were the day’s other big winners as they knocked Leiston out by the same scoreline. 

St Albans City got back to winning ways with a 4-1 victory at Oxford City. 

Gloucester City won an all-National League North clash with Kettering 3-0.  Alfreton Town won by the same scoreline at Leamington. 

Eight games fell foul of Storm Arwen, with reasons ranging from frozen pitches to damaged stadiums. 

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