The FA Cup is underway

Fazel Koriya scored the first hat-trick of this year’s FA Cup as he helped AFC Rushden & Diamonds to an emphatic 5-1 victory over Oxhey Jets.

The Diamonds put in a commanding performance during their FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie, going into the break at half time three goals to the good.

The FA Cup

Extra Preliminary Round

Friday 15 August 2014

Winners receive £1500

By Simon Collings

Oxhey managed to pull one back just after the interval, but two goals in the final 15 minutes, including Koriya’s third, ensured the Diamonds ran out convincing winners.

There were plenty of goals elsewhere as Staines Lammas scored a 90th minute winner to defeat Bedfont Sports 3-2.

Staines had taken the lead 20 minutes into the second half through a penalty, only to find themselves behind after efforts from Adam Roberts and Joe Jackson.

But Staines staged a dramatic late comeback, which saw them score twice in the last seven minutes to book their place in the next round of the competition.

There were also late goals in the tie between Hebburn Town and West Allotment Celtic, with the latter scoring twice in the final ten minutes to earn themselves a replay.

Celtic had looked to be heading out of The FA Cup, but a stunning free-kick from Marc Dummett and a thumping effort from Sean Reid ensured the visitors earned a 2-2 draw.

Bishop Auckland and Sunderland RCA will also have to play a replay after finishing their match level at 1-1 at Heritage Park.

AFC Dunstable and Staveley Miners Welfare both ran out 2-0 winners in their ties, overcoming Ampthill Town and Worksop Town respectively. 

There were also 1-0 wins for Heanor Town and Thetford Town, with Heanor defeating Long Eaton United and Thetford knocking out Swaffham Town.