2021-22 FA Cup: Second Round Roundup

Roundup of the Second Round action in 2021-22 FA Cup as teams from League One, League Two and Non League all chased a coveted spot in the Third Round.

Nine Non League teams including Gateshead, Stockport County and Kidderminster Harriers all entered this round looking to claim further scalps, all in the name of seeking a potential blockbuster Third Round tie against Premier League opposition.

There were also 13 all EFL ties as League One teams like Portsmouth, Burton Albion and Lincoln City all tried to avoid cupsets against League Two opposition in a bid to secure passage to the next round.


Non League vs EFL

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Jayden Stockley’s brace either side of half-time saw League One’s Charlton Athletic avoid a cupset away to Gateshead who play in National League North, as the Addicks extended their strong run of form to just two defeat in their last 11 matches in all competitions.

Seventh-tier Buxton who play in Northern Premier League Premier Division saw their Cup run ended with a narrow 1-0 home loss to League One’s Morecambe at The Silverlands, as Cole Stockton punished a defensive error with a 29th minute winner to send the Shrimps to Tottenham in the next round.

Charlie Wakefield’s 51st minute strike saw National League’s Yeovil dump Stevenage of League Two out of the competition, in turn setting up a Third Round tie at home to Bournemouth.

Liam Mandeville’s 28th minute long-range strike via the underside of the bar fired Chesterfield to a shock away win at League Two’s Salford City, with Jim Kellerman adding a late second goal to wrap up victory.

National League’s Stockport County saw their valiant cup run ended at League One leaders, Rotherham as Michael Smith poked in a 43rd minute winner for the Millers from Ollie Rathbone’s low cross.



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Jack Diamond fired in a 95th minute winner as Harrogate stunned League One’s Portsmouth away at Fratton Park 2-1, after Ellis Harrison had pulled the Pompey level following Luke Armstrong’s opener.

League Two’s Mansfield stunned Doncaster Rovers 3-2 at Keepmoat Stadium as George Lapslie’s brace helped the Stags to victory.

Graeme Lee made a winning start as Hartlepool United’s manager away at Lincoln City after Lewis Fiorini bundled Mark Shelton’s headed cross into his own net, which gave the League Two team a surprise win away to the Imps.

Dennis Politic’s late brace saw Port Vale knock out League One’s Burton Albion to set up a Third Round tie at home to Brentford.

Harvey Nibbs’ late header saw Cambridge United avoid a cupset against Exeter City in a comeback 2-1 win, after Adam May had cancelled out Samuel Nombe’s penalty.

Callum Lang’s brace helped 2013 winners, Wigan defeat Colchester 2-1 at Colchester Community Stadium, despite Freddie Sears cancelling out Lang’s first goal just before half-time.

Goals from Tom Bloxham and Ryan Bowman sent Shrewsbury through to the Third Round with a 2-1 win at League Two’s Carlisle United, with the Shrews now set to visit Liverpool at Anfield in the next round.

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Luke Jephcott struck a 86th minute winner to send Plymouth through to the Third Round in a 2-1 win at Rochdale, after Aaron Morley equalised for the hosts to cancel out Jordon Garrick’s opener.

Ipswich found themselves held to a goalless draw at home to Barrow which saw the Tractor Boys sack Paul Cook just hours later.

Braces from Ayoub Assal and Ollie Palmer saw AFC Wimbledon come from behind to knock out Cheltenham Town 4-3 in the only all League One tie in this round.

Harry Smith’s brace fired Leyton Orient through to the next round as Omar Beckles and Aaron Drinan also found the net in a 4-0 home win over Tranmere.

Bristol Rovers came from behind to defeat Sutton United 2-1 at The Memorial Ground to secure a Third Round spot, as Nicholas Anderton struck a 60th minute winner as Aaron Collins cancelled out William Randall’s opener.

Swindon set up a Third Round tie at home to Manchester City after Kaine Kelser-Hayden smashed in a 67th minute to defeat Walsall 2-1 away at Bescot Stadium, following Emmanuel Osadebe’s headed in a home equaliser to cancel out Tyreece Simpson’s opener.


Non League vs Non League

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National League North’s Kidderminster continued their cup run with a clinical 2-0 home win over National League’s Halifax, in which Ashley Hemmings set up Amari Morgan-Smith’s third minute opener before scoring himself in the 17th minute from Caleb Richards’ flick.

Joshua Rees struck twice as Boreham Wood avoided a cupset at home to National League South’s St Albans City, as the Wood ran riot in a 4-0 home win.

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