Curzon slay giants as Ogoo makes a name for himself

Curzon Ashton will not have appeared on the football radar so very often but the FA Cup first round has an infallible habit of shining a light in the quieter corners and the Unibond North side's 3-2 defeat of League Two Exeter City threw the spotlight on the Ashton-under-Lyne side. Goals by Chris Worlsey, just before the half-hour, and Gambian international James Ogoo, just before the hour, put the Greater Manchester side firmly in control. Michael Norton made it 3-0 with 11 minutes remaining before a tardy recovery by Exeter, but they had left it too late and Curzon Ashton, in the first round for the first time, hung on.

Nor were they the only giantkillers – Blyth Spartans of the Blue Square Conference North, and Histon, third in the Conference, accounted for League opposition, while Kettering, Telford, Droylsden, Grays and Altrincham all forced replays against their supposed superiors. Blyth, 18th in their division, swept into a 3-0 lead, Shrewsbury Town guilty of being caught cold when Shaun Reay gave the Spartans a first-minute lead and added the second in the 29th minute. It was 3-0 before the hour and although Grant Holt pulled a goal back, Blyth's defence held firm.

Swindon Town of League One travelled to Histon but took their League form with them – they had won only once away from home all season. Daniel Wright's strike six minutes past the hour saw Histon win 1-0.

Five sides forced replays against League opposition. It looked as though League Two Lincoln City were leaving the Cup when Exodus Geohaghan gave Kettering, top of the Conference, the lead in the 85th minute, but a minute later Danny N'Guessan equalised to give the Imps a second chance.

Perhaps it was no surprise that Carlisle United, struggling so badly in League One that they recently sacked manager John Ward, would be held by Grays Athletic of the Conference. Jamie Stuart gave the Essex side the lead but Gary Madine grabbed Carlisle's leveller six minutes from time to spare their blushes. Carlisle face a long trip south for the rematch.

Conference North side Droylsden travelled to Darlington, top of League Two, and fought for a goalless draw to leave the Quakers facing a difficult night's replay.

It looked like business as usual for Southend United when Francis Laurent gave them an early lead at Telford, but Jon Adams turned the match on its head with two goals for the side fourth in the Conference North. The Shrimpers had something left in their net, though, and Jean-Francois Christophe's late goal earned them a replay at Roots Hall.

Altrincham, 16th in the Conference might well be playing Luton Town, bottom of League Two, for points next season. For now, they drew 0-0 at Kenilworth Road.

In games matching non-league sides against each other, Northern Premier side Eastwood Town came from behind to beat Brackley Town of the British Gas Business Premier 2-1 and go into the next round but the meeting between two Conference sides, Eastbourne Borough and Barrow, ended goalless.

Tom Sills scored both goals as Torquay United, second in the Conference and pushing for a return to the League, beat Evesham United of the Southern League Midlands Division 2-0. Suffolk club Leiston of the Ridgeons Premier League, the lowest ranked side in the first round, did themselves proud and go into the hat for the second round after a 0-0 draw with Blue Square North's Fleetwood Town, who had Nathan Pond sent off.

Sixth and seventh respectively in the Conference, Kidderminster edged it against visitors Cambridge United 1-0 thanks to Justin Richards' 17th-minute penalty but Oxford United, 15th in the Conference, were held to a 0-0 draw by Dorchester from the lower half of the Conference South. In a high-scoring match at the aptly named Impact Arena, Alfreton Town of the Blue Square North beat Bury Town of the long-winded British Gas Business Southern League Midlands Division, 4-2.

Other giantkillings: League Two's Bournemouth beat Bristol Rovers of League One 1-0; Bradford City, also of League Two, beat Milton Keynes Dons 2-1, and Louis Dodd scored twice as Port Vale of the bottom division won 4-3 at League One Huddersfield Town.

Elsewhere, famous FA Cup giantkillers of yore, Sutton United, now plying their trade in the Ryman Division One, lost 1-0 at home to Notts County of League Two at Gander Green Lane.

News
i100 In this video, the late actor Leonard Nimoy explains how he decided to use the gesture for his character
Arts and Entertainment
Secrets of JK Rowling's Harry Potter workings have been revealed in a new bibliography
arts + ents
News
Down-to-earth: Winstone isn't one for considering his 'legacy'
people
News
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower