The FA Cup got the season under way this week with 24 of our teams taking part in 20 ties across 2 days.
Here are the results and a round-up of the action.
Tuesday 1st September
Abbey Rangers 3-1 Welling Town
AFC Croydon Ath 0-3 Sutton Common Rovers
Bearsted 3-5 Peacehaven
Corinthian 2-1 Sheerwater
Crowborough Ath 3-4 Crawley Down Gatwick
East Preston 0-2 Chatham Town
Fisher 2-0 Horsham YMCA
Glebe 1-3 Whyteleafe
K Sports 0-2 Steyning Town
Kennington 0-1 Erith & Belvedere
Knaphill 0-4 Deal Town
Langney Wanderers 3-1 Tower Hamlets
Lordswood 2-3 Hanworth Villa
Sheppey United 1-0 Sutton Athletic
Tunbridge Wells 1-0 Erith Town
Wednesday 2nd September
Balham 2-2 Hassocks (Hassocks win on pens)
Colliers Wood Utd 0-1 Hollands & Blair
Guildford City 3-2 Canterbury City
Mile Oak 0-1 Beckenham Town
Stansfeld 3-3 Punjab United (Stansfeld win on pens)
Wednesday night saw six of our sides take part in the competition with half of them making it through to the next phase.
Surprisingly none of Tuesday night’s games went to penalties but we were spoilt with 2 last night, with one of them coming at the all-SCEFL game at Foxbury.
Stansfeld v Punjab United looked to be a close one on paper but it didn’t go according to that plan at first with the visitors scoring twice in the opening 20 minutes, with George Goodwin heading home a corner before Ben Francis doubled the scoreline soon after.
Punjab could have had more by the break but the woodwork plus some heroic defending from the hosts prevented this one from being over as a competition within the first 45 minutes of the game.
Stansfeld don’t know how to give up though and despite now shooting against the slope on the Foxbury carpet the comeback began with Freddie Cray powerfully heading home a Joe Minter cross in the 52nd minute.
Five minutes later and we were level. It was that man Freddie Cray again, latching on to a through ball before rifling home the equaliser.
The visitors then rallied, and a deep ball from the left was superbly headed home by Goodwin for his second of the game giving Punjab the lead with around 20 minutes left to play.
Roared on by a record Foxbury crowd Stansfeld tried to find a way back into the game and were rewarded for their endeavour 5 minutes before the end with Billy Parkinson sneaking up from right-back to send us to penalties.
Both sides scored their opening spot kick before each keeper made fine saves for the second to keep things level as we progressed through the penalty shoot out.
Charlie Cottrell then saved Punjab’s 5th penalty giving Billy Shinners the chance to seal the tie for Stansfeld.
The experienced front man didn’t waste his opportunity, dispatching his spot kick and sending the raucous crowd into raptures.
Stansfeld’s first ever FA Cup game had been a memorable one and now they look forward to their second one a week on Saturday at home to Little Common.
Balham were involved in the other shoot-out on Wednesday night but this one didn’t go their way. Following a 2-2 draw that included a last minute equaliser for the SCEFL new boys they fell short from the spot losing out 5-3 to Southern Combination side Hassocks.
Hollands & Blair are through to a Preliminary Round tie at Burgess Hill Town after a 1-0 win over Colliers Wood. Matt Gething’s near post header in the 13th minute was the difference in a tight encounter against a strong Combined Counties League side.
Beckenham Town are also through following a comfortable 4-0 win at Mile Oak. Steve Townsend, Ryan Hall, Junior Kaffo and Harvey Brand all scored for Becks who will visit Tunbridge Wells in the next round in a week’s time.
Canterbury City will not be in the next round, following a narrow 3-2 loss at Guildford City.
Canterbury came back from 2-0 down to level with Adam Woollcott and Dan Keyte both netting but the hosts scored a late winner and it will be them that take their place in the Preliminary Round.
Main Photo: Keith Gillard – Album here
Eight teams made it through on Tuesday on another action-packed night of football for our SCEFL sides in the FA Cup.
Summer signing Warren Mfula scored the winner for Sheppey United in their match against a resilient Sutton Athletic.
Mfula, making his competitive debut for the Ites, struck on 60 minutes and it proved to be the only goal of the game, watched by 189 fans at the Total Power Stadium.
There was an eight-goal thriller at Honey Lane as Bearsted let slip a two-goal advantage to lose 5-3 against Peacehaven.
Andy Irvine had given the Bears a great start, putting them ahead inside two minutes, and he was there again just before the break to cancel out Cameron Wiltshire’s effort for the visitors.
Tom Penfold had put the home side 3-1 up from distance but Peacehaven staged a remarkable comeback, scoring four goals in nine minutes.
A missed penalty late on ended hopes of Bearsted coming back into the tie.
Crowborough Athletic also lost out in a high-scroing affair which they had led with half an hour to play. Jack Funnell, Tom Boddy and Danny Powell grabbed the 3 goals for the Crows but Crawley Down Gatwick scored 4 so it will be them that advance.
Tunbridge Wells left it late to win their all-SCEFL game at home to Erith Town, with Brett Ince netting the only goal of the game in the final minute.
Winning boss Richard Styles tweeted: “Tuesday nights under the lights don’t come much better.
“Boys were fantastic and put a shift in to get us into the next round. Great to hear our fans roar us home once again too.”
Corinthian also left it late in their game against Sheerwater, scoring twice in the last 10 minutes to secure their place in the next round.
Trailing after an hour, Louie Clarke levelled the match late on before George Snelling secured the turnaround with a goal a minute from time.
Chatham Town ran out 2-0 winners at East Preston.
Matt Bodkin opened the scoring midway through the first half when he scored from a Luke Rooney corner. Another Rooney set-piece led to their second which was nodded in by Reece Butler.
Kennington’s first involvement in the FA Cup ended in a 1-0 defeat infront of a sell-out crowd at Homelands against Erith & Belvedere.
Ton had numerous chances but were up against a keeper in inspired form, Rilwan Anibabe making numerous saves including one to deny Gary Clarke from the penalty spot.
Malik Nosike’s 20th minute outstanding free-kick was the difference in the end.
Tweeting afterwards, Ton boss Dan Scorer wrote: “Incredible support tonight and a brilliant performance from all of the boys. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
“Another great experience and memories that will be remembered. Thank you to everyone that came out to show their support!”
Ben Cardwell was the hat-trick hero for Deal Town as they put in a fantastic performance to come away from Knaphill 4-0 winners.
Hoops’ goalkeeper James Tonkin made an early penalty save for Deal, again, and the game remained scoreless at the break.
Luke Eldridge broke the deadlock on 58 minutes before Cardwell got the first of his three shortly after. He completed his treble late on to seal the win for Derek Hares’ team.
Fisher claimed a 2-0 win over horsham YMCA with Rob Brown getting an early opener. Jack gibbons added the second setting the Fish up for a trip to Tooting & mitcham in the next round.
K Sports’ match at home to Steyning Town was abandoned late in the second half because of a nasty injury, which required an ambulance to attend. The visitors were leading 2-0.
Lordswood’s new signing Hicham Akhazzan was one of their goalscorers in a 3-2 home loss against Hanworth Villa. Chandler Kasai scored in the first half.
Lords had Jason Perry sent off with 20 minutes left while the visitors missed the chance to score a fourth, hitting the woodwork from the penalty spot in stoppage-time.
A record crowd of 232 were at Foxbury Avenue as Glebe were beaten 3-1 by Whyteleafe. Charlie MacDonald got their consolation.
SCEFL new boys Tower Hamlets led away at Langney Wanderers tanks to an Anthony Folkes penalty on the half hour mark.
The hosts came back strong though and an impressive second half performance saw them take the tie 3-1.
AFC Croydon Athletic lost 3-0 at home to Sutton Common Rovers, conceding two second half penalties after going behind to a 23rd minute goal.
There were three late goals as Welling Town lost 3-1 at Abbey Rangers. The hosts were ahead in the first minute and made it 3-0 with two goals late on, before Alex Nelson struck in the 89th minute for Town.
There are 5 further matches involving our Clubs taking place on Wednesday night, including an all-SCEFL match at Foxbury between Stansfeld and Punjab United.
FA Cup Preliminary Round Draw here
Fisher Photo Credit: Dave Anderson – Album here