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The third qualifying round for this season’s FA Trophy threw up plenty of surprise results, including holders Hornchurch bowing out early doors. Read on for some of the day’s bigger shock results.
By Steven Oldham
Reigning champions Hornchurch exited the FA Trophy before the first round after losing on penalties to Wingate & Finchley.
Bilal Sayoud put the home side ahead after 15 minutes, with Jordan Clark pulling his side level six minutes later.
The sides couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes, with Wingate winning the shootout 5-4. Goalkeeper Joe Wright had his spotkick saved by opposite number Ben Goode.
Hornchurch won the competition for the first time in May, beating National League North side Hereford 3-1 at Wembley.
Northern Premier League West leaders Mossley continued their good form by dumping local rivals Hyde United out of the competition.
After a goalless first half, Declan Evans put the visitors ahead a couple of minutes after the restart. Krisel Prifti brought the higher ranked home side back into it five minutes later.
Harry Pratt scored the decider with 20 minutes left to play and bagged his side the winner’s cheque for £2,450.
NPL East side Liversedge thrashed their higher ranked Yorkshire rivals Scarborough Athletic at Clayborn.
Goals from Jack Stockdill, Paul Walker, Ben Atkinson and Nick Walker wrapped up a comprehensive win.
A goal in each half saw AFC Totton of the Southern Premier League D1 South take out Southern Premier League South side Dorchester Town.
Hisham Kasimu gave the home side the lead on the stroke of half-time, with Ethan Taylor wrapping up the win
There’s something about Marine in recent times and cup runs. Last season’s FA Cup heroes shocked Northern Premier League promotion contenders South Shields, progressing 5-3 on penalties after the game ended goalless.
The NPL D1 West side famously reached the third round of the FA Cup before being knocked out by Premier League Tottenham Hotspur.
NPL Premier side Bamber Bridge were another team to lose in a penalty shootout.
Home side Dunston UTS, of the NPL Easy division, had raced into a 2-0 half time lead thanks to goals from Sado Djalo and Craig Baxter.
Brig were able to force the tie to a penalty shootout, pegging their hosts back through Nathan Pond and Callum Spooner.
Dunston held their nerve and won the shootout 3-2.
They may have knocked Dover Athletic out of the FA Cup, but it was Yate Town’s turn to be upset by lower ranked opponents today.
Willand - of the Southern Premier League D1 South - took their place in the next round thanks to goals from Ben Griffith and Bailey Kempster.
The home side’s cause wasn’t helped by a red card for Stuart Fleetwood five minutes into the second half.
Yate’s attention will now turn to Saturday’s home FA Cup first round tie against National League side Yeovil Town.
NPL Premier high-flyers Buxton were knocked out by NPL West side Colne at Silverlands.
Ash Chambers had given the home side the half-time lead, but Colne bounced back in the second half.
Goals from Lee Pugh and Tom Dean secured their passage into Monday’s draw for the first round proper.
Their victory was all the more impressive as they played half the game with ten men after goalkeeper Joel Torrence received his marching orders. Midfielder Ryan Taylor - of Newcastle United fame - stepped in to take his place.
Another NPL Premier side bit the dust as Bedford Town eliminated Stafford Rangers.
Rory McAuley and Callum Donnelly put their side into an early two goal lead, with Connor Tomlinson adding a third in the second half.
Joe Kenton netted a late consolation for Rangers, but Southern League D1 Central side Bedford progressed.
There were more shock results elsewhere in the FA Trophy third qualifying round:
Chasetown 2-1 Alvechurch
Chesham United 1-1 Bracknell Town (Bracknell won 2-1 on penalties)
Faversham Town 2-1 Leatherhead
Frome Town 3-2 Poole Town
Heybridge Swifts 2-2 Hayes & Yeading United (Hayes & Yeading won 4-1 on penalties)
Lowestoft Town 2-3 Yaxley
Merstham 1-3 Welwyn Garden City
Plymouth Parkway 1-0 Merthyr Town