December 10, 2022

TORQUAY AND CURZON EARN HARD-FOUGHT REPLAYS ON EMIRATES FA CUP FIRST ROUND SUNDAY

Will Goodwin’s dramatic late leveller earned National League Torquay United a first round replay with League One Derby County on a super Sunday of Emirates FA Cup action.

Goodwin struck in the 95th minute after William Osula’s double had looked to haul Paul Warne’s ten-man Rams into the second round.

But Asa Hall’s penalty threw the hosts a lifeline at the start of the second period after Eiran Cashin was sent off for fouling Goodwin in the box.

And it was that man Goodwin who intervened once again late on as he diverted home Aaron Jarvis’ effort to trigger wild scenes at Plainmoor and secure his side an eagerly-anticipated replay at Pride Park.

Courageous Curzon Ashton also battled to a gutsy draw as they earned a replay at League One Cambridge United.

The National League North side held Mark Bonner’s visitors to an entertaining stalemate in Manchester as Cambridge, who sit over 50 places over their non-league opponents in the English football pyramid, were unable to grab a winner.

Paul Digby, Lewis Simper and Harvey Knibbs all went close for the Us but home goalkeeper Chris Renshaw stood firm to secure his side a memorable day out at the Abbey.

And the sixth-tier hosts almost snatched it at the death as Cambridge shot-stopper Will Mannion had to thwart Jordan Richards’ dangerous free-kick.

Wrexham safely navigated their way through to the second round with a comfortable 3-0 win over Oldham Athletic.

The Welsh side, owned by the famous American actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, netted twice in the first half as Sam Dalby and Paul Mullin both grabbed the goals.

And striker Mullin hit his second just after the hour mark to fire Phil Parkinson’s side to victory at the Racecourse.

Elsewhere, National League Woking’s clash with League One Oxford United was postponed owing to a waterlogged pitch at the Laithwaite Community Stadium, with a new date for the fixture yet to be confirmed.

And League One Ipswich Town, who won the competition in 1978 and currently sit second in the third-tier, travel to Isthmian League Bracknell Town in front of the national television cameras on Monday evening to round off an action-packed first round proper weekend.

Source: The Football Association