Date: Wed 21 Sep 2022
By Steve Whitney
It was a disappointing Tuesday night for clubs in the Pitching In Southern Football League looking to get through to the Emirates FA Cup Third Qualifying Round.
There were two `surprises` but they involved lower league teams progressing!
One of those was United Counties League Premier Division North side Anstey Nomads, who shared a 3-3 draw at the Microlise New Manor Ground against Premier Division Central club Ilkeston Town and then won the penalty shoot-out after extra-time!
After Nomads had taken an early lead, Joe Wilson levelled right on the stroke of half-time and then Remaye Campbell made it 2-1 to the hosts on 48 minutes
But the battling Step 5 side pulled 3-1 ahead until Campbell got the Robins back on level terms in the 100th minute to make it 3-3.
Nomads completed a 5-4 shoot-out win.
Division One South club Bishops Cleeve were knocked out at Toolstation Western League Premier Division side Helston Athletic.
This tie also required extra-time but, despite Cleeve leading 2-0 at half-time through Harrison Reeves and Blaine Waugh.
A 75th minute red card for Archie Haskayne cost the Mitres dear and, despite Jordan Annear’s third, they eventually bowed out 4-3.
Going through are Premier Division South sides Merthyr Town and Bracknell Town.
Goals from Lewis Powell and Alex John secured the Martyrs place at the Corinium Stadium against Cirencester Town, whose Jake Lee replied from the spot late on.
Bracknell beat league rivals Chesham United 3-0 with goals from Jordan Espirit, Mickell Platt and Gary Abisogun from the spot.
Vanarama National League North leaders King’s Lynn Town proved too hot for Premier Division Central club Bedford Town at The Eyrie, running out 3-0 winners with Gold Omotayo, Josh Coulson and Cameron Hargreaves all on the mark.
Lynn’s rivals Peterborough Sports won 1-0 at the Bee Arena against Premier Division Central side Redditch United.
Jordan Nicholson scored the only goal after just 8 minutes, but his night ended tragically as he suffered a broken leg.
Banbury United, who were promoted with Sports at the end of last season, also scraped through 1-0 against former Premier Division Central rivals Stratford Town, thanks to a first half Gio Rasulo goal.
Premier Division South club Hartley Wintney took National League South outfit Bath City to extra-time in their home replay before an Alex Fletcher effort broke the deadlock to take the Romans through 1-0.
And the two teams who battled for a place in the National League South via the Premier Division South play-offs last season met at the SKYex Community Stadium and saw goals in the 2nd and then 81st minutes from Hisham Kasimu and Michael Fernandes respectively seal Farnborough’s passage against Hayes & Yeading United.