Section: FA Cup

FA Cup: Grimsby 1-3 Oxford Utd

Teenage striker James Roberts marked his first start for Oxford with two goals as they cruised into round two of the FA Cup at blustery Blundell Park.

Lenell John-Lewis hit the post with a left-foot shot as Grimsby, unbeaten in seven games, made a bright start.

Roberts found the corner after cutting in from the left and tapped in another after Alfie Potter’s shot was saved.

Danny Rose sealed the win when Grimsby failed to clear a cross before Shaun Pearson hooked in a late consolation.

A tight game looked on the cards in the first meeting between the two sides since 2005, with Oxford 19th in League Two and the Mariners second in the Conference.

The visitors, who reached the third round last season, went into the game without top scorer Danny Hylton, suspended after collecting five bookings, but had too much quality for Grimsby after Roberts had put them in front.

John-Lewis was booked for diving after going down in the box shortly after Rose’s goal, but Pearson spoiled Oxford’s hopes of a clean sheet after Jon-Paul Pittman’s cross was headed down, his second goal of the season.

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FA Cup: first-round draw

FA Cup first-round made at the National Football Centre at St George’s Park.

Mansfield v Concord
Gosport v Colchester
Yeovil v Crawley
York v AFC Wimbledon
Walsall v Shrewsbury
Notts County v Accrington Stanley
Chorley or FC Halifax v Bradford City
Warrington Town v Exeter City
Eastleigh v Alfreton or Lincoln City
Basingstoke or Harrow Borough v Spennymoor or AFC Telford
Dagenham and Redbridge v Tamworth or Southport
Weston-Super-Mare v Doncaster
Peterborough v Carlisle
Cheltenham v Swindon
Bromley v Dartford
Weymouth or Braintree v Chesterfield
Chelmsford or Barnet v Wycombe
Gillingham v Bristol City
Portsmouth v Aldershot
Norton or Shildon v Gateshead
Crewe v Sheffield United
Grimsby v Oxford United
Tranmere v Bristol Rovers
Southend v Chester FC
Luton v Newport County
Stevenage v Maidstone United
Bury v Nuneaton or Hemel Hempstead
Cambridge v Fleetwood
Northampton v Rochdale
Eastbourne or Dover v Morecambe
Port Vale v MK Dons
Macclesfield or Wrexham v Woking
Plymouth v AFC Fylde
Barnsley v Burton
Hartlepool v East Thurrock
Coventry v Worcester City
Oldham v Leyton Orient
Canvey Island or Havant & Waterlooville v Preston
Blyth Spartans v Altrincham
Forest Green v Scunthorpe
Ties to be played on 7, 8, 9, 10 November 2014


FA Cup: Billeircay 0-1 Weymouth

Weymouth hold firm to beat the Essex boys.

Captain Stewart Yetton’s header on the stroke of half time proved decisive to book Weymouth’s place in the fourth qualifying round of this year’s FA Cup.

Yetton continued his run of scoring in every round the Terras have been involved in so far, and even though he missed a penalty early in the second half to double his tally for the afternoon, it did not cost the visitors in a gritty encounter in Essex.

As he has so often done this season, player-manager Jason Matthews refused to tinker with a winning side, and stuck with the same XI that started the 3-0 win over Cirencester Town last time out, despite having more options available to him.

That meant defensive duo Ed Palmer and Jake Wannell were left to take a place on the bench for their returns to the side after serving their suspensions.

Weymouth started promisingly and double-scorer from midweek Adam Kelly found Chris Shephard after some good work from full-back Ashley Wells, and Shephard’s shot was blocked by Blues’ skipper Richard Halle.

The tie then took a physical turn in the opening 15 minutes with Wells going in hard on Glenn O’Hanlon and Weymouth’s Chris McPhee then took an inadvertent blow to the face which required treatment.

Shephard then tried his luck once again with a rocket of a strike from 30 yards which almost caught Billy Lumley in the hosts’ goal floundering, after referee David Spain played a good advantage following a foul on Yetton.

Creative midfielder Shephard then had cries for a penalty waved away by man in the middle Spain, after he went down clutching his stomach in the hosts’ box, and was booked for what the official believed was a dive moments later, earning him a frosty reaction from the home fans.

New Blues’ signing Roman Michael-Percil then demonstrated his pace and also went down in the area with nothing given, and fellow new man Jacob Cleaver, who bagged a hat-trick in midweek, then headed on to the crossbar, but it was harmlessly flagged offside.

Weymouth then had a golden chance to break the deadlock six minutes before half-time, but in spurning the opportunity, it came at a cost.

George Rigg’s brave header at goal, which was well saved by Lumley, left him with a nasty cut to the face after he was caught and the midfielder was forced to go to hospital for treatment, meaning Tim Sills came off the bench to replace him.

And having saved Rigg’s header, there was nothing Lumley could do to deny Yetton what proved to be the winner just short of the break.

He lost his man to get on the end of Shephard’s delivery from the left and nodded into the top corner to send the visiting Terras’ support wild at the interval.

The same fans must have thought it was going to be 2-0 almost instantly after the break, when the away side were awarded a penalty for a foul on Kelly.

That man Yetton stepped up in a bid to double the visitors’ lead, but saw his spot-kick beaten away by Lumley diving to his left.

Weymouth were almost instantly punished for their miss, but winger Jeffrey Imudia then lifted the ball over the top from close range, following a mistake from Jordan Copp in the Terras’ area.

And after an unmarked Cleaver then headed wide under no challenge at the far post, at the other end Yetton and Shephard were denied by a fine double stop from Lumley to keep his team in it, as Matthews’ men operated briskly on the counter.

Copp then stretched Billericay down the left hand side and put a troublesome delivery into the area which just evaded Kelly, who came agonisingly close to making it two.

But the Essex outfit then decided to push men forward and Matthews was heavily called upon to keep an onslaught of Blues’ pressure at bay.

The player-boss produced superb stops to deny Seedy Njie ten minutes from time and stretched out to deny bustling replacement Ricky Sappleton.

Cleaver then tested Matthews again and the away goalkeeper had to deal with a barrage of corners being hoisted into his area late on.

But as Weymouth stood firm, the hosts were reduced to 10 men in the dying moments when Ryan Scott picked up his second bookable offence for a foul on Sills, as Weymouth held on to seal the tie and eagerly anticipate Monday’s draw.

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FA Cup: Weymouth 4-1 Bideford

Weymouth just about did enough to book their place in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The 4-1 scoreline probably flattered the hosts somewhat, but Stewart Yetton and Chris McPhee will not mind as they grabbed a goal each, and George Rigg put in a classy performance to bag a brace.

Manager Jason Matthews was hampered in his defensive options with the duo of Ed Palmer and Jake Wannell, who both got sent off in the previous round at Mangotsfield, suspended, and Sam Poole named on the bench but never likely to feature with an ankle injury.

Central-defender Calvin Brooks, formerly of Dorchester Town, was brought in on loan from Yeovil as cover and Callum Laird, brother of defender Jamie and son of assistant-manager Craig, who appeared for the club in pre-season, was also called up.

The absence of Palmer resulted in a shuffle in the Terras’ ranks with striker Tim Sills coming back into the side to replace him, meaning McPhee would drop back and start the game as a makeshift centre-half.

The clash got underway in frenetic fashion, and the Robins were on top early on with Kevin Squire looping a header that went close at the back post and ex-Terra Ben Wood hit a shot that Matthews was forced to deal with.

Weymouth continued to try and settle, but before they knew it, they were caught and fell be- hind.

A routine long ball was flicked on and Squire tenaciously nipped in and picked the ball up on the edge of the area, and Matthews, who was in no-man’s-land at the time, could only look on as the striker lifted it over him to open the scoring.

The lead only lasted all of three minutes though, as the Terras sparked into life through another well-drilled corner routine, something that has become a potent weapon in their arsenal this term.

After working it short, Chris Shephard clipped the ball to the back post where Sills volleyed the ball right-footed and the effort flicked off the thigh of Yetton, who was more than happy to claim the leveller.

That seemed to focus the home side and they began to find their rhythm, but were still suspect to the occasional Robins’ long ball.

The visitors did have the ball in the net once more through Wood, which was flagged offside, but just past the half-hour mark a scintillating move from the home side opened up their opponents.

Sweeping from one flank to the other, Ashley Wells and Adam Kelly linked up nicely to find Shephard, who ghosted past his man inside the area and threaded the ball through to Rigg to apply a neat side-foot finish.

However, Shephard’s afternoon was to take an abrupt end as he trudged off just before half-time holding his neck, and it looked at one point as if he may have had to be stretchered off after a brutal collision with Ian Sampson.

Having soldered on for the remaining moments in the first half a man light, Weymouth shuffled their pack once more by handing a debut to Brooks after the interval, and re-instating McPhee in a much more com-fortable midfield role.

And while Wood went close again for the Robins and Sills had a header which could have dropped in, the deciding factor of the contest came on 71 minutes.

Bideford defender Nick Milton, who was cautioned for dissent by referee Gary Parsons in the first half, hacked down Sills right in front of the referee and was given his second booking.

As much as the performance was not as free flowing as Weymouth have been at home this term, with a man advantage they came to the party, mainly thanks to two superb deliveries from left-back Jordan Copp.

He swung in a precise ball for McPhee to glance into the bottom corner on 82 minutes, and produced an almost complete replica three minutes later for Rigg to seal the game and leave Terras’ fans eagerly anticipating their next cup clash, with the draw being made today.

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FA Cup: Mangotsfield 3-0 Weymouth

Nine-man Weymouth win at Mangotsfield

Weymouth secured their place in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup in a heated 3-0 victory over Mangotsfield United.

Two early strikes from Chris Shephard and Stewart Yetton put Jason Matthews’ men well in the box seat, and substitute Jordan Copp found the net with virtually the last kick of the game for the battle-worn Terras, as they scoop £3,000 in prize money in the process.

But, in a heated cup tie, they were left with 10 men for the entirety of the second period, as Ed Palmer was sent off just short of the interval, and with 20 minutes to go, Weymouth were down to nine as Jacob Wannell was dismissed for his second booking.

Player-manager Matthews named an unchanged side from the XI that was successful against Chippenham Town last time out, and they were also given the added luxury of extra places on the bench for the cup, meaning replacement stopper Joe Prodomo was named among the substitutes.

For the visiting Terras’ fans who made the trip to Cossham Street, Weymouth put them in dreamland with two goals in the opening three minutes.

After comfortably defending a free-kick from Matt Collins, Matthews quickly set the ball in motion to Tim Sills, who got the better of his man to find Chris Shephard on the counter, and the attacking midfielder made no mistake in striking a crisp volley home in just the second minute.

And before the hosts could even compose themselves, they were caught cold again as Weymouth ran riot in the early proceedings.

Linking up nicely with Ashley Wells on the right hand side, Adam Kelly swung in a precise delivery for Stewart Yetton, who showed the hosts his prowess in front of goal to double the away side’s lead a minute later.

A shell-shocked Mangotsfield then steadied themselves and had a good opportunity to make it 2-1.

Steve Davies whipped in a neat cross for the head of danger-man Lewis Powell, who already boasted nine goals in all competitions going into the contest, but he could not reach double figures for the season as his effort sailed over Matthews’ crossbar.

A period of frustration then saw Mangotsfield’s Shaun Lamb and Geraint Bater both cautioned in the space of four minutes.

Shephard then fired a shot well over, and Powell was well in the thick of it after an altercation with Jamie Laird fired up the Terras’ bench, who believed the striker stamped on Laird off the ball.

As tempers continued to rise, Laird’s defensive partner Palmer was then given his marching orders on the stroke of half time.

The central-defender’s challenge was deemed too reckless for referee Kevin Howick, and he had no hesitation with brandishing a straight red card, leaving the Terras with 10-men for the second period.

With Chris McPhee slotting into the back four as a makeshift centre-half, Weymouth had a golden opportunity to put the game to bed.

Sills and Yetton worked the ball well to leave Shephard with the goal at his mercy, but he failed to snatch his second of the afternoon.

Ross MacNab then went close for the Field as he blasted over, and Yetton struck the inside of the post having beaten home goalkeeper Josh Dempsey, a chance that, if taken, would have put the tie beyond doubt.

Weymouth were then denied a third goal once again when a Shephard free-kick was forced home, but the effort was ruled out for offside much to the disgust of Tim Sills, who earned himself a caution for dissent.

A second booking was then given to Jacob Wannell to leave the Terras with just nine for the final 20 minutes.

But Matthews, who pulled off a late save to deny replacement Reeko Best to keep his clean sheet intact, saw his troops hold firm with a two-man deficit, and put their name in the hat for the next round when Copp smashed the ball into the bottom corner to make it 3-0.