FA Cup round-up: Stourbridge pour on the pain for Argyle
James Mariner is a journalist who has been boring The Independent sports desk with mindless statistics since June 2007. Helping with various, wide-ranging desk duties (I made the tea once), supervising workies and the endless researching of panels, James has an unnatural love of all things football, and in particular the Europa League, being a Tottenham Hotspur supporter. He cites Brian Sears and Ledley King among his heroes and can even find something interesting in Burnley v Hull City. On a good day.
Wednesday 23 November 2011
Stourbridge heaped more misery on impoverished Plymouth Argyle last night, embarrassing the south coast side 2-0 in their FA Cup first-round replay to reach the second round for the first time in their history.
Second-half goals from bricklayer Paul McCone and Sean Evans took the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League side through, Gary Hackett's seventh-tier side earning a home tie with League One Stevenage on Saturday week.
Plymouth squeezed a 3-3 draw in the original tie at Home Park 11 days ago as they went down to nine men, and Carl Fletcher's side were again reduced in numbers last night, Paul Bignot sent off after half an hour for retaliation.
In front of an increased capacity of 2,519 and television cameras that earned a fee of £33,750, the Glassboys made their advantage count after the interval to pile the pressure on the side at the bottom of League Two.
Stourbridge's Southern Premier League compatriots, Oxford City, were shocked by Isthmian League Redbridge, losing 2-1 after extra time. Ben Bradbury's 102nd minute winner secured the Cup's lowest ranked side a second-round tie with Crawley.
Aldershot beat Maidenhead of the Conference South 2-0 to earn a trip to Sheffield Wednesday, while free-scoring Gillingham surprised League One side Bournemouth 3-2 to secure a trip to Leyton Orient. The League Two leaders Southend beat Preston, relegated from the Championship last season, by 1-0, to earn another home tie against Oldham. AFC Wimbledon provided another giantkilling, winning 1-0 at Scunthorpe United.
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