The greatest club cup competition in the UK started this weekend. 32 Non-League and 48 Football League sides are looking to make their dreams come true.
For some teams this wasn’t the first round. For some, it started 6 rounds before at the first Preliminary stage, with some teams playing 3, 4, 5 games just to get to Round one.
For these teams this was their cup final, this was their day out at Wembley so to speak. This is what makes the early rounds so special.
Three Past Tough Truro (3-1)
When Truro managed to qualify for Round one of the cup they got one of the opening round dream ties in Charlton away. Truro stayed strong going into the half time break 1-0.
Impressing throughout, Tyler Harvey slotted in to make the score 2-1 while Ben Reeves finished the game off in the 70th minute making it 3-1. All in all, a respectable scoreline and a good day out for those 1000ish Truro fans.
After Good Start, Rovers Embarrassed By County (4-2)
After 2 goals in 12 minutes, The Gas probably thought they were in for an easy night. They couldn’t have been more wrong. Ryan Yates scored two in two minutes making it 2-2 before half time.
A goal by Johnathan Stead on the hour mark took it to 3-2, before Jorge Grant finished in the 90th, to seal Bristol Rovers fate. Rovers are now out of the cup and must be thinking ‘what the F*** happened?’.
Second Round Awaits After Slaughter By Slough (0-6)
Slough Town put on a display to be proud of at the weekend. A hat-trick from Matt Lench helped them coast to a 6-0 win against Gainsborough. Slough now eagerly wait for the second round draw.
Merry Maidstone Chew Through Cheltenham (2-4)
This game had everything. Two goals in two minutes twice, red cards galore and a Non-League side knocking out league opposition.
Maidstone fans went into shock as they went 3-0 up before half time including goals in the 20th and 21st minutes as well as former West Ham prospect Zavon Hines getting on the scoresheet.
Cheltenham Town managed to claw one back in the 52nd minute. Sadly for them, Maidstone scored just one minute later.
The drama continued as Stone goalscorer Delano Sam Yorke was sent off just 4 minutes later. An Alex Finney own goal made it 4-2. before Town’s Kevin Dawson also saw Red.
A thoroughly mental game, we can all agree.
Bulls Move On (1-0)
Hereford FC, reformed and currently playing in the 7th tier and are now through to the second round with a 68th winner by John Mills.
Telford won’t be happy to come away with nothing.
United Stunned By City (0-1)
Oxford City produced one of the upsets of Round one, defeating a well organised Colchester side. Only 1,775 fans turned up at the Weston Homes Community Stadium and they wouldn’t have been happy.
The only goal of the game came in the 46th minute where Matty Paterson struck. City await Monday’s second round draw.
Subs Save The Day For The Wood (2-1)
After a 62nd minute goal by Daniel Philliskirk for Blackpool, things didn’t look good for Boreham. The Wood decided to make two changes and what a decision that turned out to be.
Within just three minutes of coming on, Blair Turgott levelled the game in the 68th. Just 20 minutes later, second super sub Dan Holman also grabbed a goal to put Wood in the hat for the next draw.
Replay For Ricay (1-1)
Words can’t express the hate I have for Billericay Town. I don’t necessarily like their opponents Leatherhead either but I had to cheer them on for this one.
After Jack Midson scored for ‘Head after 20 minutes, a penalty scored by Billy Bricknell took this tie to a replay. A thoroughly dull ending to a dull team game.
No Trouble For Town (1-5)
Timi Elsnik, a stand out performer for Swindon Town, scoring two of the five goals in this cracking performance. Town never looked in doubt of going through to the next round.
Dartford will hang their heads in shame after a dismal performance and will hope to rebound next week in the league.
Tranmere Take It To Prenton (1-1)
A very impressive result for Tranmere against League One Peterborough. A close game with wasted chances means this was a deserved result without doubt.
Jack Marriot scored in the 52 minute for Boro, making it 1-0. Before Mr Reliable Andy Cook scored for Tranmere in the 72nd minute to give them a well deserved replay and likely a TV slot.