Cup glory for Deal

Deal Town fans had a little taste of FA Cup magic after being put through the agony of a dramatic penalty shoot-out and nerve-wracking finish on Wednesday night.

The Kentish side had looked to be heading out of The FA Cup, but a last-minute equaliser from Danny Smith ensured that the visitors and Phoenix Sports were locked at 2-2 after 90 minutes.

FA Cup Extra
Preliminary Round

Winning teams receive £1,500 from FA prize fund
Preliminary Round ties will be played on the weekend commencing 30 August

With the game in extra-time both sides pushed on for a winning and decisive goal, however despite Christian Gregory putting Deal ahead, Ricky Freeman equalised for the Phoenix.

It meant that the tie had to be settled by penalties and, after several spot-kicks, Deal finally claimed a place in the next round with an 8-7 victory. 

The late goals were also flying in elsewhere, as Tipton Town scored a 78th minute winner to topple St. Andrews.

Tipton and St. Andrews had been set for extra-time too, but Josh March’s late strike ensured that the hosts progressed past the Extra Preliminary Round thanks to a 2-1 victory.

Tipton’s home win was a rarity on the night, with West Allotment Celtic’s 2-0 victory over Hebburn Town the only other.

In contrast there were six away wins, as Alresford Town, Boston Town and Retford United all claimed 3-1 victories over Christchurch, Walsham Le Willows and Stapenhill respectively. 

Welwyn Garden City defeated Hadley 2-1 away from home in their replay and Newmarket Town overcame Fakenham Town 1-0.