The FA Cup First Round – Liveblog!
by Ian | Nov 5, 2016
Good afternoon, everybody. It feels like ages since we last did a liveblog on Twohundredpercent, but today feels like as good a day as any to bring that concept back from the dead. It’s Bonfire Night and it’s the First Round of the FA Cup, so over the next couple of days we’re going to be trying our very best to keep you up to date with everything that’s going on. And it can be interactive, if you like. If there’s anything that you’d like to say, any photos you take at a match that may be of interest to our readers, please feel free to drop by our Twitter account and let us know. Alternatively, just use our contact page to drop us an email. Exciting stuff, huh?
So far, four matches have already been completed. Last night, in front of the cameras of the BBC, National League side Eastleigh were held to a one-all draw at home by Swindon Town, who were dependent on a Michael Doughty penalty kick to secure a replay at The County Ground five minutes after Eastleigh had taken the lead. Meanwhile, Millwall became the first side to fight their way through to the next round of the competition with a one-nil win against Southend United. Two matches have also been played earlier this afternoon. In the live television match on BT Sport, Oxford United beat Merstham by five goals to nil, while Crawley Town and Bristol Rovers will replay after a one-all draw at Broadfield Stadium.
So, we’ll try to keep you all up-to-date with exactly what’s going on the length and breadth of the country between three o’clock and five o’clock, and who knows, we might even chuck in the latest from the Premier League and the Football League Championship, should anything interesting happen in either of those two divisions. I’ll be back shortly before three o’clock with a quick look at where we might believe a surprise might turn up this afternoon. In the meantime, I’ll leave you all to cover a large, FA Cup-shaped piece of cardboard in tin foil. It’s the actual FA Cup!
Well, eyes down for a full house. It’s the First Round of the FA Cup. There are twenty-six matches being played this afternoon, and a quick scan of these doesn’t throw up anything that screams “CUPSET” (which is, apparently, a real word now) at you. Spennymoor Town, who are sixth place in the Northern Premier League with games in hand a plenty on account of their cup run, may well fancy their chances from a trip to Milton Keynes – and wouldn’t there be a lot of guffawing if that were to happen? – whilst National League club Solihull Moors may fancy their chances from a trip to League Two Yeovil Town, although Yeovil’s form has picked up over the last couple of weeks or so, and National League North side Brackley Town may be confident of a surprise result at League One strugglers Gillingham. All to play for, with a couple of minutes to kick-off. And don’t forget, you can reach us on our Twitter @twoht or by emailing us using the Contact page at the top of this page.
The First Cup goal of the there o’clock kick-offs has come at Princes Park, where National League side Sutton United’s Craig Eastmond scored in the first minute against Dartford, of the National League South.
Meanwhile the first goal of the afternoon in the Premier League has come at Turf Moor, where Sam Vokes has give Burnley an early lead against Crystal Palace after, umm, not very many minutes.
Meanwhile, and I wasn’t going to go on about this too much, Wigan Athletic may be having something of a collective nervous breakdown. They appointed Warren Joyce as their new manager during the week, and his first match has not started well. They’re two down in the first five minutes at home against Reading.
An equaliser at Prince’s Park, where Elliot Bradbook has levelled things for Dartford against Sutton United. In another all non-league match, Braintree Town of the National League have taken an early lead against Eastbourne Borough through Monty Patterson, who sounds like he should probably be a supporting charcter in a Billy Bunter story. Elsewhere, Franchise have scored against Spennymoor, Northampton have scored against Harrow Borough, and how about this… Westfields, the lowest ranked side in the competition, lead Curzon Ashton by a goal to nil.
Yeovil Town have blown a further my hole in my confident pre-match predictions by scoring against Solihull Moors. Thanks, Ryan Hedges. Thanks a lot. Elsewhere, Stockport County, now languishing in the National League North, have taken the lead against National League side Woking and George Elokobi has scored a second goal for Braintree against Eastbourne Borough.
There’s been another goal in the Premier League, by the way. David Moyes takes a further step along the gangplank with Bournemouth having taken the lead against Sunderland.
And Franchise have scored a second goal against Spennymoor. Booo.
Hello, CUPSET warning. Twelve minutes played at Priestfield, and Alex Gudger has given Brackley Town the lead against Gillingham.
Northampton have scored a second goal against Harrow Borough, and finally… Luton Town have the lead at Exeter City – no great shock that, considering the two teams’ form this season – and Whitehawk lead against Stourbridge.
Burnley, meanwhile, have a second goal against Crystal Palace. The Alan Pardew rollercoaster is gathering pace again.
There have now been two third goals of the match. Franchise have a third against poor old Spennymoor, who have taken a thousand supporters to Buckinghamshire, but the magnificently named Roarie Deacon has given Sutton United the lead against at Dartford. That two-one, their lead now.
Oh, wait. Sutton led for two minutes at Prince’s Park. Seventeen minutes played, and it’s now Dartford 2-2 Sutton United. Elliot Brook with a penalty kick. It’s all going off in north Kent.
There’s been another goal in an all Football League match. Plymouth Argyle are at the top of the table in League Two, and Jordan Slew has now given them the lead at Mansfield Town in the FA Cup. And Spennymoor have pulled a goal back. So. There’s something.
Another couple of all non-league goals to report on. Joey Jones – presumably not that one – has equalised for Woking at Stockport County, and Oliver Muldoon has given Braintree Town a three-nil lead against Eastbourne Borough.
Another all Football League match goal, where the rhymin’ Jay O’Shea has given Chesterfield the lead against Colchester United. And Lincoln City, who may be outsiders for promiotion from the National League this season, lead Altrincham by a goal to nil (insert giant-killers cliche here). In similar appropriate name news, Sean Trotter has scored for Bolton Wanderers, who’ve had a yo-yo of a season already so far, against Grimsby Town. And HANG ON A MINUTE. There’s been a fifth goal at Dartford, where Maxime Biamou has given Sutton United for the third time already this afternoon against Dartford.
Also, two goals in the Championship. Norwich City lead against Leeds United, and falling off the bottom of the division Rotherham United are losing yet again, this time at home against Preston North End.
Another goal at Priestfield…. and it’s Brackley Town again! James Armson has scored a second goal against Gillingham. Also, Shrewsbury Town lead Barnet by a goal to nil, and there’s been a slightly surprising goal at Bescot, where National League side Macclesfield Town’s John McCombe has given his team the lead against League One side Walsall.
Two former FA Cup winners are playing each other at Gigg Lane, and Bury have the lead against Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Gillingham have pulled a goal back at home against Brackley. Half an hour played in the FA Cup three o’clock kick-offs and there are goals flying in all over the place.
Two goals in three minutes for Hallam Hope, now, and Bury lead Wimbledon by two goals to nil. Another FA Cup winner is also behind. Portsmouth are a goal down at home to Wycombe Wanderers, who are former winners of the FA Trophy. And Shrewsbury lead by two goals to nil against Barnet, with a second goal having come from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. And in minor surprise news, Accrington Stanley lead by a goal to nil at League One promotion-chasers Bradford City, whilst Woking have come from a goal down to lead Stockport County by two goals to one.
The 15.35 headlines are, therefore, as follows:
Brackley lead by two goals to one at Gillingham.
Macclesfield Town lead by a goal to nil at Walsall.
Westfields lead Curzon Ashton by a goal to nil.
A Premier League goal, and David Moyes will be weeping salty tears of joy. Victor Anichebe has equalised for Sunderland against Bournemouth. In the Championship, Ipswich Town lead at Sheffield Wednesday.
A further FA Cup goal to report, as Charlton Athletic lead early divisional pace-setters Scunthorpe United by a goal to nil.
In the least surprising news of the day, Karl Henry has been sent off for QPR at Nottingham Forest. QPR have never won at The City Ground in thirty-attempts. Odd, huh?
Another goal at Hillsborough, where Sheffield Wednesday have equalised against Ipswich Town. The pressure is back on Mick McCarthy again, following Ipswich’s poor start to the season.
A couple more FA Cup goals. Cambridge United of League Two lead National League side Dover Athletic by a goal to nil at The Abbey Stadium, whilst Port Vale have taken the lead against Stevenage and Charlton have doubled their lead against Scunthorpe.
We’re getting close to half-time now, and there’s been a second goal at St James Park, where Exeter City have equalised against Luton Town.
It’s taken forty minutes, but Peterborough United lead with five minutes to play of the first half against Chesham United, by all accounts after Chesham had been the better side for much of the first half.
Frank Nouble is the name, and dream-smashing is the game. He’s scored an equaliser for Gillingham at home against Brackley Town right on half-time.
There’s been another goal in the Championship, too, where the Newcastle United steamroller now leads Cardiff City by two goals to nil. In the Premier League, it took Manchester City until two minutes from half-time but they got there in the end, and Sergio Aguero has given them the lead against Middlesbrough.
I’m calling that as half-time. So here’s the news so far:
Five goals at Prince’s Park see Sutton United leading Dartford 3-2 at half-time.
Westfields of the Midlands League lead Curzon Ashton (three divisions above them) by a goal to nil.
Gillingham have come back from two down to level against Brackley Town.
National Leaguers Macclesfield Town lead by a goal to nil at League One Walsall.
Back in ten minutes or so.
And we are back. And there’s already been a goal. Tarique Fosu-Henry has equalised for Colchester United against Chesterfield in the first minute of the second half.
Chesterfield have retaken the lead at Colchester, but other than that it’s been a slightly slow start to the second half in the First Round of the FA Cup, which is good news for me, at least. My fingers are worn down to nubbins already.
And now they’re starting to wake up. Otis Khan has doubled Yeovil’s lead against Solihull Moors, and Portsmouth are level against Wycombe Wanderers thanks to a goal from Gareth Evans.
Oldham Athletic are struggling in League One, but they have a comfortable looking lead in the FA Cup now. They lead Doncaster Rovers, who are chasing promotion from League Two, by two goals to nil at Boundary Park. Elsewhere, Dan Scarr has equalised for Stourbridge at Whitehawk.
Quite a big goal in the Championship, where CRISIS club Blackburn Rovers have taken the lead away to Aston Villa, who are, for now, still unbeaten since Steve Bruce took over as manager.
Another goal at Prince’s Park, and it’s now Dartford 3-3 Sutton United. The goalscorer was Duane Ofori-Acheampong. And at The Valley, Scunthorpe United have pulled a goal back against Charlton Athletic, who now lead by two goals to one.
Aston Villa have equalised against Blackburn Rovers, thanks to a Jonathan Kodjia penalty kick. Blackburn’s lead lasted for four minutes.
There may be something brewing at Huish Pak. Yeovil Town were comfortable at two goals up against Solihull Moors, but they then had a player sent off and now Solihull have pulled one back. We’ll see, shall we? Northampton Town now lead Harrow Borough by three goals to nil, Shrewsbury Town lead Barnet by the same, and Cheltenham Town have taken the lead after nearly an hour against Crewe Alexandra.
In the Premier League, Connor Wickham has pulled a goal back for Crystal Palace at Burnley, whilst Steven Pienaar has been sent off for Sunderland at Bournemouth.
Missed a goal at Edgley Park, by the way. Stockport County pulled level against Woking, but the visitors now lead by three goals to nil.
In the craziest match of the afternoon so far, Sutton United have taken the lead for the fourth time this afternoon against Dartford. League Two leaders have been pegged back at Mansfield Town, and Lincoln City seem to be breezing through – they now lead Altrincham by two goals to nil.
Another goal at Huish Park, and… Solihull Moors are level! It’s now Yeovil Town 2-2 Solihull Moors. Wimbledon have pulled a goal back at Bury thanks to a goal from Lyle Taylor, and Curzon Ashton have just had a goal disallowed at Westfields.
Braintree Town are sailing through the Second Round of the FA Cup. They now lead Eastbourne Borough by four goals to nil at Cressing Road. I have to admit that I haven’t had a chance to step back, but it feels as though today is being a very good day for the clubs of the National League at the moment.
West Ham United lead Stoke City by a goal to nil at the Olympic Stadium, thanks to an own goal from Glen Whelan.
Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia is having a good day. He’s scored a second goal to give Aston Villa the lead against Blackburn Rovers.
Meanwhile, there’s been another fightback from two goals down. This time it’s at Gigg Lane, where Tom Elliott has equalised for Wimbledon against Bury. And Braintree have a fifth goal against poor old Eastbourne Borough.
Shot out to my old muckers at Enfield Town, by the way. They lead Worthing – where I live now – by two goals to one in the Ryman League Premier Division.
Another goal in the Premier League, where ten man Sunderland now lead Bournemouth by two goals to one thanks to a Jermain Defoe penalty kick.
At the top of the Championship, Huddersfield Town now lead Birmingham City by a goal to nil.
There’s been an equaliser at Whaddon Road, where Crewe Alexandra are now level at one-all against Cheltenham Town. Meanwhile, Peterborough United now lead Chesham United by Two goals to nil, Glen Rea has given Luton Town the lead for the second time away to struggling Exeter City, Northampton Town have scored a fourth against Harrow Borough, Bradford City are level against Accrington with a goal from Matthew Kilgallon, and possibly the craziest match of the afternoon is now decided. Sutton United now lead Dartford by five goals to three.
In the Championship, Leeds United have come from behind to lead a suddenly surprisingly Norwich City by two goals to one, whilst Birmingham City have equalised at Huddersfield, Cardiff have pulled one back at Newcastle and are now two-one down, and Rotherham United have also pulled a goal back at home against Preston North End.
West Ham United’s high excitement didn’t last for long. Stoke City have equalised through Bojan after a horrific goalkeeping mistake by Adrian.
Remember when I said that Lincoln were sailing through to the next round? Well, scratch that. Altrincham have pulled a goal back at Sincil Bank through John “Billy Ray” Cyrus (and if that isn’t his nickname rather than the more predictable “Miley”, it should be.)
Crystal Palace are level against Burnley. 2-2.
There’s been an equaliser at Westfields for Curzon Ashton, with the goal coming from Adam Morgan, and Braintree are now up to six without reply against Eastbourne Borough.
Further FA Cup goals, and Dover Athletic have levelled things up at Cambridge United (told you this was a good day for the National League). Elsewhere, Accrington Stanley lead again at Bradford City. These wouldn’t be results that would cause headlines to be written, but they’re both significant, in their own way.
Non-league teams are showing a bit of mettle, though. Spennymoor have pulled the score back to 3-2 away to Franchise, and Chesham United have pulled the score back to 2-1 away at Peterborough United. Time, however, is on neither team’s side. There’s only a few minutes to play.
More late goals. Braintree Town now lead Eastbourne Borough by seven (SEVEN) goals to nil, whilst Northampton Town have added a fifth against Harrow Borough and Charlton Athletic have added a third goal from Ademola Lookman against Scunthorpe United, who will now be concentrating on the league, this season.
One man publicity machine Adebayo Akinfenwa may be flooding your social media feeds this evening. He’s scored with six minutes to play to give Wycombe Wanderers the lead against Portsmouth for the second time. Luton Town now appear to be on their way through after scoring a third goal at Exeter City.
In the Football League Championship, QPR have equalised at Nottingham Forest, while Norwich City’s Kyle Lafferty has equalised with two minutes to play against Leeds United, and Ipswich Town have retaken the lead at Sheffield Wednesday.
And there’s been all sorts of last minute excitement in the Premier League. Middlesbrough are level at Manchester City and David Moyes is wearing a party hat, following Sunderland’s first win of the season at Bournemouth, and Ashley Barnes has won the game with a goal four miunutes into stoppage time against Crystal Palace.
In the Championship, Norwich’s sigh of relief didn’t last long. Leeds United now lead there again, by three goals to two.
It’s been a bit quiet in the FA Cup. Woking have extended their lead to 4-2 at Stockport County, but there may be something of a dearth of late goals, this year.
Northampton Town have added a sixth goal against Harrow Borough in stoppage time, and Sutton United have done the same, with a sixth goal at Dartford.
The results, though, are just about completely in. So, here’s your FA Cup First Round headlines for this afternoon:
– Westfields of the Midlands League will go into the draw for the Second Round following a one-all draw at home against Curzon Ashton of the National League North.
– Gillingham have to come from two goals down to salvage a home draw against Brackley Town.
– Solihull Moors come from two down to earn a draw at Yeovil Town.
– National League side Macclesfield Town win one-nil at League One Walsall.
– Another National League side, Dover Athletic, have taken League Two’s Colchester United to a replay after a one-all draw.
Well, there weren’t too many huge surprises, but there were certainly a lot of goals. The FA Cup First Round will be back tomorrow, but I think that’s me just about done for today. Thanks for stopping by.