This weekend saw EFL and Non League teams do battle for a spot in the Third Round as four non-league teams emerged victorious in their quests to extend their dream cup runs.
With ties against Tottenham, West Ham and Derby County amongst those on offer in the Third Round, this round threw up plenty of surprises across mix of all non-league and EFL ties as well as mixed clashes between EFL clubs and Non League teams.
Non League vs Non League
Marine continued their fairytale run as Niall Cummins’ last-gasp header saw off Havant & Waterlooville in a tense thriller at Rossett Park, meaning that the Mariners will now face Premier League leaders, Tottenham Hotspur in the Third Round at home.
Connor Jennings’ extra-time header proved enough to send Stockport County through to the Third Round for the first time since 2006-07 season, after twice fighting back to a 2-2 draw against Yeovil in the regulatory 90 minutes but eventually prevailed to book a home tie against West Ham.
Canvey Island’s run was ended in a three goal defeat against Boreham Wood as Kabango Tshimanga, Kane Smith and Matt Rhead scored to book a home clash against Millwall in the next round.
EFL vs Non League
Second-half goals from Connor Hall and Lewis Baines saw Chorley come from behind to stun Peterborough at London Road and claim a second consecutive giant-killing after knocking Wigan out in the First Round, with Peterborough having taken a second minute lead from Jack Taylor’s volley to seemingly put themselves on the verge of avoiding an eventual cupset.
Chorley therefore will host Derby County in the Third Round at Victory Park.
Kaiyne Woolery came on as a substitute to curl in a 18-yard winner which spared Tranmere Rovers’ blushes as they edged past a determined Brackley Town at Prenton Park.
Extra-time goals from John O’Sullivan and Mitchell Hancox saw League Two’s Morecambe avoid an embarrassing cup exit against National League’s Solihull Moors as the Shrimps prevailed 4-2 in a six goal thriller at the Mazuma Stadium.
Dayle Southwell could only collect a 68th minute consolation goal for King Lynn’s Town who suffered a six goal mauling at Fratton Park as 2007-08 winners, Portsmouth advanced to the Third Round for a third consecutive season.
Shrewsbury Town needed extra time to defeat Oxford City of National League South through Daniel Udoh’s 108th close-range winners after both teams were reduced to ten men in the 81st minute, following red cards for Aaron Pierre and James Roberts who clashed with one another.
Cameron Jerome’s late strike proved enough for League One’s MK Dons to end Barnet’s hopes of a second consecutive home cupset after dumping Burton Albion out of the competition in the First Round,
Luke Leahy netted a penalty brace as Bristol Rovers thrashed National League North’s Darlington in a ruthless 6-0 display at the Memorial Stadium.
Nicholas Maynard struck a 122nd minute winner for Mansfield as the League Two hosts came from behind to defeat Dagenham & Redbridge who took a 19th minute lead through Paul McCallum until Henry Charsley equalised six minutes later.
EFL vs EFL
Elliott List cancelled out Tom Eaves’ penalty opener as Stevenage proceeded to stun League One’s Hull City 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the Lamex Stadium, with Sean McLoughlin missing for the Tigers to wrap up the Boro’s win.
After edging past Torquay United 6-5 in the First Round, Crawley again came from behind to this time defeat AFC Wimbledon who beat Barrow in their rearranged opening round clash on Thursday, as goals from Ashley Nadesan and Max Watters overturned Joseph Piggot’s opener for Wimbledon in the first FA Cup clash at The Dons’ new Plough Lane Stadium.
Joel Randall netted twice as Exeter City came from behind to book their spot in the Third Round after defeating Gillingham 3-2 at Priestfield.
Goals from Jamie Proctor, Padraig Amond and Saikou Janneh were enough to send Newport into the next round at Salford’s expense for a fourth consecutive season, of which they advanced further in 2017-18 and 18-19 seasons.
Joshua Falkingham’s second-half own goal sent Blackpool on their way to the Third Round as the League One Seasiders avoided a cupset at Harrogate Town, with Grant Ward, Jordan Gabriel and Daniel Kemp completing a four goal rout at Wetherby Road.
Luke Jephcott and Benjamin Reeves struck to send Plymouth through in a surprise result against fellow League One opposition, Lincoln City who again failed to reach Round Three for a second consecutive season.
Conor McAleny and Daniel Rowe struck to send Oldham through as the Latics fought back to defeat Bradford City at Valley Parade in an all League Two affair.
George Lloyd’s 95th minute winner secured Cheltenham a surprise win over League One’s Crewe Alexandra at Whaddon Road after Christopher Porter cancelled out Finn Azaz’s second minute opener for the hosts.
Benjamin Whiteman’s late first-half brace proved enough to send Doncaster Rovers through and avoid a cupset against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, despite Jon Mellish’ late consolation goal for the Cumbrians.