Roundup of the Second Round of 2022-23 FA Cup as teams looked to qualify for the Third Round.
11 Non-League clubs including; Alvechurch, Buxton and Chesterfield entered this round dreaming of causing a cupset and qualification for the Third Round, where a glamour tie against Premier League opposition could await them but a nervy weekend unfortunately was largely devoid of shocks.
Nevertheless, there were still some surprises so here is a full roundup of the Second Round action in 2022-23 FA Cup.
Non League vs EFL
Goals from Armando Dobra and Jeff King saw National League’s Chesterfield stun AFC Wimbledon to qualify for the Third Round for a second consecutive season.
Boreham Wood – who enjoyed a cup run to the Fifth Round last season – caused another shock as first-half goals from William Evans and David Stephens stunned Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.
Luke Norris’ brace saw League Two promotion challengers, Stevenage avoid a cupset away to King’s Lynn Town of National League North, in an eventual 3-0 win with James Reid completing the comfortable win.
Ethan Hamilton’s 84th minute strike saw Accrington Stanley avoid a cupset at home to National League’s Barnet.
Gerard Garner netted a 64th minute winner as League One’s Fleetwood Town narrowly defeated Ebbsfleet United at Stonebridge Road.
Josh March netted a 51st minute winner for ten-men Forest Green Rovers who survived an almighty scare at home against seventh-tier Alvechurch, in which Jed Abbey’s free-kick cancelled out Connor Wickham’s penalty before Dom Bernard was red carded in the 72nd minute.
Conor Chaplin’s brace fired Ipswich to a comfortable 4-0 home win over National League North’s Buxton, with Gassan Ahadme and Kayden Jackson also finding the net.
Deji Oshilaja and Sam Winnall both produced braces as Burton Albion thrashed sixth-tier Chippenham Town 6-1 at Pirelli Stadium, with Jonathan Smith and Bobby Kamwa also scoring for the Brewsters despite Harry Parsons’ 60th minute consolatory goal for the Non-League team.
Dagenham & Redbridge were denied a famous cupset as Gillingham’s Scott Kashket cancelled out Josh Walker’s opening goal, before Gillingham eventually won a topsy-turvy replay 3-2 in injury-time courtesy of Hakeeb Adelakun after Harry Phipps had been red carded in the 79th minute.
League One vs League Two
Otis Khan’s second-half brace saw League Two’s Grimsby snatch a surprise away victory at Cambridge United, despite Samuel Smith equalising for the hosts in the 81st minute.
Goals from Devante Cole, Adam Phillips and Josh Benson saw Barnsley comfortably avoid a cupset against Crewe Alexandra in a 3-0 win at Oakwell.
Michael Smith’s quick-fire brace saw Sheffield Wednesday come from behind to avoid a cupset at home to League Two’s Mansfield, who had led through George Lapslie’s 34th minute opener.
Second-half goals from Louis Sibley and David McGoldrick saw Derby come from behind to eliminate League Two’s Newport County, after the Exiles had led through Priestley Farquharson’s opener.
Myles Hippolyte’s injury-time equaliser saw League Two’s Stockport County come back to claim a replay against Charlton, who had come from behind through Joe Lewis’ own goal and Albert Morgan to lead at The Valley after Christopher Hussey had put County in front after three minutes.
Stockport eventually mastered another comeback in the replay as Will Collar’s hat-trick secured a 3-1 home win over Charlton, which set up a Third Round tie against Walsall.
League One vs League One
Tom Bayliss, Matt Pennington and Luke Leahy all found the net as Shrewsbury Town claimed a surprise 3-1 victory over Peterborough, in which Bayliss’ second minute opener had been cancelled out by Kwame Poku in an action-packed first half.
Penalties either side of half-time from Colby Bishop saw Portsmouth come from behind to beat MK Dons in an eventual five-goal thriller at Fratton Park, after Darragh Burns had put the Dons ahead only for Reeco Hackett-Fairchild to equalise shortly afterwards.
Billy Bodin’s brace saw Oxford United thrash Exeter City 4-1 at the Kassam Stadium with Matty Taylor and Cameron Brannagan also finding the net for the hosts, whilst Matt Jay netted a 89th minute consolatory goal for the Grecians.
League Two vs League Two
Joshua Umerah’s brace helped struggling Hartlepool United defeat Harrogate Town 3-1 to qualify for the Third Round for a second consecutive season.
Late goals from Andy Williams and Douglas James-Taylor saw Walsall come from behind to cruelly deny Carlisle victory, after the Cumbrians had led through Ryan Edmondson’s 29th minute opener.
Non League vs Non League
Paul Mullins’ hat-trick saw National League’s Wrexham thrash National League South’s Farnborough 4-1 at the Racecourse Ground, despite Oliver Pendlebury having pulled the Yellows level in the 62nd minute after Mullins’ 49th minute opener.