It is remarkable really that the FA Cup is already underway given that the top dogs don’t come into play until January. It is around this time that the true minnows are in action, battling out for those rarest of headlines. From the most southernly team ever to compete in the FA Cup to some huge score-lines, read all about it here!

Talking of the aforementioned most southernly team and this is Jersey Bulls. It was their first ever FA Cup game yet the magnitude of the event didn’t phase them in the slightest. Lorne Bickley and Sol Solomon both chipped in with hat-tricks, the formers being completed in the first half, as the Bulls beat Horsham YMCA emphatically. The game finished 10-1 and that was one of many goal-fests.

To be able to say that a 2-2 doesn’t classify as one of these shows just how many goals were scored. It was the method of the fourth that stands out most from Lakenheath FC’s draw with Mulbarton FC. It was 2-1 to the latter in the 99th minute and when all hope seemed lost for Lakenheath in what was their first FA Cup appearance in over a century, defender Casey James stepped up to the plate. A couple of loose headers and then when the ball fell to James, he thundered it home with his left foot to seal an FA Cup replay for his team.

Back to the tag of ‘goal-fests’ and there were a number of them. Ashington FC 3-4 Newcastle Benfield FC, Sporting Khalsa 4-3 Coventry Sphinx, Newton Aycliffe FC 4-3 Thornaby FC, Sunderland RCA FC 5-1 Bishop Auckland FC and Barnoldswick Town FC 6-1 Runcorn Town FC only scrapes the surface from this FA Cup prelim round.

A fair few games, just like the one between Mulbarton FC and Lakenheath FC couldn’t be finished on the day. Lower Breck and Penistone Church played out a goalless draw, as did Vauxhall Motors and Skelmersdale United. Meanwhile, there were score-draws for Sherwood Colliery- Boston Town, Leicester Nirvana- Deeping Rangers and Goole- Ryhope Colliery Welfare.

One of the WD team was taking in the FA Cup action as Edgware Town faced Hadley FC. It was a goalless first half but the second 45 was very different. Shaz Anwar, Billy Baird and substitute Yemi Buraimoh were all on target after the break for Hadley in an impressive 3-0 victory. The Londoners have booked their place in the next round following this win at Silver Jubilee Park!

Edgware Town 0-3 Hadley FC, FA Cup (image courtesy of Paul Holdrick)

The FA Cup magic is alive and well! We at WD will continue to cover it from the preliminary rounds all the way through to those spine-tingling Wembley visits for a lucky few.

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