FC Halifax Town 1-3 AFC Wimbledon:
Goals from Ben Purrington, Anthony Wordsworth and Joe Piggott ensured that AFC Wimbledon progressed into the third round of the FA Cup for the third successive season with victory at non-league Halifax. The league one side took the lead only a few minutes before half time with Ben Purrington’s shot deflecting off of Jacob Hanson and into the back of the net. Anthony Wadsworth added a second midway through the second half, cutting in and curling into the top left-hand corner from the edge of the box. Joe Piggott added a third 5 minutes later, poking home after a bobble in the box. The hosts pulled one back when Wimbledon striker James Hanson headed Niall Maher’s shot into his own net, but the visitors held on to progress to the next round.
Accrington Stanley 3-1 Cheltenham Town:
Accrington saw off League Two opposition in Cheltenham Town to progress to the 3rd round of the competition with goals from Offrande Zanazla, Billy Kee and Jordan Clark. Zanzala broke the deadlock 4 minutes after coming on as a substitute at half time, heading home from close range from a Sean McConville cross. The goal scorer then won a penalty for the home side after being brought down by Jordon Foster; a penalty that Billy Kee smashed home to double Accrington’s lead. The visitors did hit back with 17 minutes remaining however, with Alex Addai rifling home after beating his man for pace. Accrington re took the lead shortly after though, Jordan Clark playing a tidy one-two with Billy Kee before rounding Scott Flinders in the Cheltenham goal and finishing.
Charlton Athletic 0-2 Doncaster Rovers:
Doncaster Rovers earned a comfortable FA Cup second-round victory at League One play-off rivals Charlton Athletic. Despite a dominant display from the visitors, it wasn’t until the 66th minute in which the deadlock was broken; Andy Butler scoring with a deflected attempt off of Mark Marshall. Mallik Wilks, John Marquis and Ali Crawford all came close to doubling Rovers’ tally before Grant McCann’s outfit sealed the tie with 13 minutes remaining. A flick on from goal scorer Butler from a free kick found its way to Marquis who headed home from close range which secured Donny a third-round spot.
Lincoln City 2-0 Carlisle United:
Goals from Matt Rhead and John Akinde saw promotion hopefuls Lincoln City see off League Two rivals Carlisle United at Sincil Bank. Rhead found the net only 30 seconds into the tie who headed home from a Bruno Andrade cross. The Cumbrians almost levelled with their first attack of the game in the ninth minute as Regan Slater rattled the post with an angled drive. Lincoln secured progression four minutes from time however, with John Akinde sliding in to convert an Andrade cross.
Maidstone United 0-2 Oldham Athletic:
Oldham progressed to the third round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2013 after beating National League side Maidstone United at the Gallagher Stadium. Oldham ‘skipper Peter Clarke tapped home a well worked set piece on 17 minutes after Sam Edmundson deflected Gevaro Nepomuceno’s deep free-kick into his path to put the visitors in front. A solo effort from Chris O’Grady sealed the deal for the League Two side, slotting home from a tight angle after cutting in from the far side.
Peterborough United 2-2 Bradford City
A sensational 5-minute comeback saw Bradford City snatch a replay against fellow League One side Peterborough United. Home side Peterborough led 2-0 until the 84th minute thanks to first half goals from Ivan Toney and Siriki Dembele. Toney slotted home with ease from a Marcus Maddison cross after a sweeping counter attack from the home side, before Dembele added a 2nd on the stroke of half-time slotting home off the post from just inside the box. Bradford kickstarted the comeback through a fantastic Kelvin Mellor strike, who hammered home from 30 yards to make it 2-1. Substitute Luca Colville’s effort from the edge of the box took a massive deflection which deceived Chapman in the Peterborough goal to make it 2-2.
Plymouth Argyle 1-2 Oxford United:
Oxford progressed to the FA Cup third round with victory at League One rivals Plymouth. Cameron Brannagan scored what turned out to be a superb 53rd-minute winner, a thumping strike from the edge of the box, to send United through. Oxford took the lead through James Henry from close range on the right flank after being teed up by striker Jamie Mackie, a former Argyle player. The home side took the game to the wire when Antoni Sarcevic turned in Graham Carey’s cross from the left but couldn’t find an equalizer.
Southend United 2-4 Barnsley:
Barnsley survived a late Southend fightback to win at Roots Hall in the second round of the FA Cup. Kieffer Moore broke the deadlock for the visitors 4 minutes before half time, heading home an Alex Mowatt corner before Sam Mantom equalized for Southend in first half stoppage time with his corner finding its way into the back of the Barnsley net via a deflection. Barnsley regained the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Southend keeper Mark Oxley fumbled a corner and Cauley Woodrow was on hand to put home the rebound. Woodrow got his second and Barnsley’s third when he tapped in a Mike Bahre cross 20 minutes from time. The hosts however did get back into the game through Timothee Dieng who headed home from a corner, but a 90th minute Mike Bahre goal secured Barnsley’s spot in the third round.
Walsall 1-1 Sunderland:
Andy Cook’s ninth goal of the season earned Walsall an FA Cup second-round replay at the Stadium of Light as they drew with fellow League One side Sunderland. The visitors took the lead on 37 minutes, with winger Aiden McGeady slotting home a Bryan Ovideo cross whilst unmarked at the back post to make it 0-1. The hosts equalized in fine fashion through Andy Cook, who latched onto the end of a Nicky Devlin cross from the right and volleyed home first time from just inside the box.
Wrexham 0-0 Newport County
In this late kick off, the all Welsh clash ended in a draw with neither side being able to break the deadlock. Wrexham had the better of the chances with new loan signing Bobby Grant forcing a save from Joe Day. Stuart Beavon’s lobbed effort was also heading for goal, before a last gasp clearance by Mickey Demetriou. Tyreeq Bakinson had Newport’s best chance, but headed over the bar meaning the sides will play again in a replay at Rodney Parade.
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