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Saturday saw eight games played in the Buildbase FA Trophy as the third round delivered its fair share of drama and upset.

There was a big win for Brackley Town and a crucial away draw for Billericay – here’s our rundown of all the key action from the day.


Bromley escape Buildbase FA Trophy upset
Workington were perhaps the biggest winners of the day as they remained only one of two seventh-tier sides left in the competition, drawing 1-1 at home to fifth-tier Bromley. The deadlock remained unbroken in the first half, despite chances for both sides, before Workington made the breakthrough on 49 minutes, Phil McLuckie driving home Nathan Waterston’s cross. Bromley piled on the pressure and got their reward 11 minutes from time, with captain Jack Holland flicking home Frankie Raymond’s superb corner. Workington will get the chance to make the last eight in Bromley on Tuesday night.

Brackley Town take down Sutton United
There was however a victor in the tie in Northamptonshire, with National League North side
Brackley Town beating higher-league opposition in the shape of Sutton United. Lee Ndlovu got the home side rolling midway through the first half as he fired home from a knockdown, with Aaron Williams smashing his penalty straight down the middle 10 minutes later to make it two. Things looked ominous for Sutton after the break when Jimmy Armson got Brackley’s third, meaning that a late goal from Tommy Wright was a mere consolation.

Billericay Town hold Harrogate Town
Another side to continue their Buildbase FA Trophy adventure is seventh-tier
Billericay Town, who secured a 2-2 draw away at Harrogate Town. The Essex outfit got off to the perfect start just 10 minutes in when Rob Swaine headed home from former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara’s cross. Joe Leesley equalized for the home side just minutes later and put his side ahead midway through the second half with a brilliant strike into the corner.  this time it was Billericay who were unwilling to trail, as Adam Cunnington struck five minutes later, heading home from 10 yards out to earn a replay.

Maidenhead and Stockport County share the spoils
Stockport County were another side to earn a replay against higher league opposition as they heald Maidenhead United to a 1-1 draw away from home. County took the lead early on in the game when a low cross in from the left was converted by Matt Warburton from 10 yards out. Maidenhead started slowly and trailed at the break but found their way back into the game on 57 minutes when Ryan Upward finished off a goalmouth scramble. A crowd of 855 watched on at Edgeley Park as the visitors earned a Tuesday-night replay in the north west.

Around the grounds
Elsewhere in the round,
Maidstone United and Gateshead drew 2-2. Jamar Loza and Jai Reason got the goals for the Stones but two late goals for Lewis McNall and Richard Peniket got the visitors back in it.

Wealdstone are into the fourth round, courtesy of two goals for Danny Green in a 2-1 victory over Warrington Town whilst Spennymoor Town and East Thurrock United will play it again after a 1-1 draw.

There was a thrilling tie down on the south coast as Leyton Orient triumphed over Dover Athletic 4-3. Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh was delighted as David Mooney, Matt Harrold, Macauley Bonne and George Elokobi all scored to overcome a late surge from Dover.


Seven clubs fought their way close to a Wembley final on Saturday as seven ties took place in the fifth round of the Buildbase FA Vase.

Melksham edge close battle with Tring
Early goals were enough to see Toolstation Western League
Melksham Town through to the sixth round with a 2-1 win, despite late pressure from Tring Athletic. Melksham took the lead through a free-kick headed on to Mike Perrott, who nodded in at the far post, and another headed goal came through Rob Hobbs to make it 2-0 with only 15 minutes gone. Luke Dunstan got one back for Tring before the break but the visitors but couldn’t find the elusive equalizer after piling on the pressure in the second half.

Marske United ease past Bradford Town

Danny Earl scored both goals in a 2-0 win as Northern League Marske United showed their quality in a comfortable win over the other Toolstation Western League representatives Bradford Town. Earl deflected a shot into the net to open the scoring after 27 minutes and grabbed his second straight after half-time to edge his side ever closer to Wembley. Bradford Town attempted to restore parity but were held at arm’s length until the final whistle.

Extra-time flurry sinks Coleshill

In a dramatic 4-2 victory at Pack Meadow, Bracknell Town went ahead early through Seb Bowerman before Reece Leek equalised for Coleshill, sliding the ball home just after half-time.

Finishing 1-1 at 90 minutes, Bracknell took the lead in added time when Adam Cornell finished off TJ Bohane’s cut-back, before Joe Grant put the visitors two ahead with a rocket into the corner.

Coleshill managed to get one back through a deflected cross to give them hope, but when Jon Bennett was felled in the box Bowerman got the opportunity to get his second from the spot and made no mistake from 12 yards out.

Bracknell became one of three Uhlsport Hellenic League sides to reach the last eight of the competition.

Thatcham Town shock Bromsgrove Sporting 
Two goals from Ekow Elliott helped
Thatcham Town overcome Bromsgrove Sporting in an upset at Waterside Park. Elliott opened the scoring after cutting in from the right and curling his shot into the bottom corner, before doubling Thatcham’s lead by finishing off a Harry Grant cross from the left.

Sporting got one back when Jon Pykett was fouled in the box and Richard Gregory scored the resultant penalty, but Thatcham held their lead to make it through to the next round. Windsor also won 2-0 at home to Hamble Club with goals from Kieran Knight and Jack Denton.

Around the grounds

Ryan Mitchell’s last-minute winner snatched a 1-0 win for 1874 Northwich over Chichester City.

Stockton Town’s Jamie Owens bagged two goals in a 3-0 win over Stourport Swifts to send his side into the sixth round. The tie between Wolverhampton Sporting Community and Leighton Town was postponed due to poor pitch conditions and will be played next Saturday.

And this time it was Billericay who were unwilling to trail, as Adam Cunnington struck five minutes later, heading home from 10 yards out to earn a replay.

Maidenhead and Stockport County share the spoils
Stockport County were another side to earn a replay against higher league opposition as they heald Maidenhead United to a 1-1 draw away from home. County took the lead early on in the game when a low cross in from the left was converted by Matt Warburton from 10 yards out. Maidenhead started slowly and trailed at the break but found their way back into the game on 57 minutes when Ryan Upward finished off a goalmouth scramble. A crowd of 855 watched on at Edgeley Park as the visitors earned a Tuesday-night replay in the north west.

Around the grounds
Elsewhere in the round,
Maidstone United and Gateshead drew 2-2. Jamar Loza and Jai Reason got the goals for the Stones but two late goals for Lewis McNall and Richard Peniket got the visitors back in it.

Wealdstone are into the fourth round, courtesy of two goals for Danny Green in a 2-1 victory over Warrington Town whilst Spennymoor Town and East Thurrock United will play it again after a 1-1 draw.

There was a thrilling tie down on the south coast as Leyton Orient triumphed over Dover Athletic 4-3. Orient head coach Justin Edinburgh was delighted as David Mooney, Matt Harrold, Macauley Bonne and George Elokobi all scored to overcome a late surge from Dover.

FOURTH ROUND

SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2018 (3pm)

WINNERS RECEIVE £10,000

Maidenhead United or Stockport County v Brackley Town
Harrogate Town or Billericay Town v Wealdstone
Leyton Orient v Maidstone United or Gateshead
Workington or Bromley v Spennymoor Town or East Thurrock United





Seven clubs fought their way close to a Wembley final on Saturday as seven ties took place in the fifth round of the Buildbase FA Vase.

Melksham edge close battle with Tring
Early goals were enough to see Toolstation Western League
Melksham Town through to the sixth round with a 2-1 win, despite late pressure from Tring Athletic. Melksham took the lead through a free-kick headed on to Mike Perrott, who nodded in at the far post, and another headed goal came through Rob Hobbs to make it 2-0 with only 15 minutes gone. Luke Dunstan got one back for Tring before the break but the visitors but couldn’t find the elusive equalizer after piling on the pressure in the second half.

Marske United ease past Bradford Town

Danny Earl scored both goals in a 2-0 win as Northern League Marske United showed their quality in a comfortable win over the other Toolstation Western League representatives Bradford Town. Earl deflected a shot into the net to open the scoring after 27 minutes and grabbed his second straight after half-time to edge his side ever closer to Wembley. Bradford Town attempted to restore parity but were held at arm’s length until the final whistle.

Extra-time flurry sinks Coleshill

In a dramatic 4-2 victory at Pack Meadow, Bracknell Town went ahead early through Seb Bowerman before Reece Leek equalised for Coleshill, sliding the ball home just after half-time.

Finishing 1-1 at 90 minutes, Bracknell took the lead in added time when Adam Cornell finished off TJ Bohane’s cut-back, before Joe Grant put the visitors two ahead with a rocket into the corner.

Coleshill managed to get one back through a deflected cross to give them hope, but when Jon Bennett was felled in the box Bowerman got the opportunity to get his second from the spot and made no mistake from 12 yards out.

Bracknell became one of three Uhlsport Hellenic League sides to reach the last eight of the competition.

Thatcham Town shock Bromsgrove Sporting 
Two goals from Ekow Elliott helped
Thatcham Town overcome Bromsgrove Sporting in an upset at Waterside Park. Elliott opened the scoring after cutting in from the right and curling his shot into the bottom corner, before doubling Thatcham’s lead by finishing off a Harry Grant cross from the left.

Sporting got one back when Jon Pykett was fouled in the box and Richard Gregory scored the resultant penalty, but Thatcham held their lead to make it through to the next round. Windsor also won 2-0 at home to Hamble Club with goals from Kieran Knight and Jack Denton.

Around the grounds

Ryan Mitchell’s last-minute winner snatched a 1-0 win for 1874 Northwich over Chichester City.

Stockton Town’s Jamie Owens bagged two goals in a 3-0 win over Stourport Swifts to send his side into the sixth round. The tie between Wolverhampton Sporting Community and Leighton Town was postponed due to poor pitch conditions and will be played next Saturday.

SIXTH ROUND

SATURDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2018 (3pm)

WINNERS RECEIVE £4125

LOSERS RECEIVE £1375

Bracknell Town v Marske United
Melksham Town v Thatcham Town
Stockton Town v Windsor
Wolverhampton SC or Leighton Town v 1874 Northwich