Published: 08:00, 25 October 2020
| Updated: 08:22, 25 October 2020
Tonbridge Angels and Cray Valley will take their place in Monday’s draw for the First Round of the FA Cup.
Steve McKimm’s Angels thrashed Taunton 5-0 at Longmead while Cray came from 2-0 down to stun National League Maidenhead at York Road with a last-gasp winner from Francis Babalola.
Tonbridge boss McKimm picked Ben Greenhalgh and Tom Parkinson in his starting line-up – and it had a positive effect as the latter picked out Greenhalgh for the opening goal on 28 minutes.
Angels doubled their advantage just before the break when Sonny Miles headed a free-kick back across goal for Alex Akrofi to convert.
Taunton were reduced to 10 men at the start of the second half when Jake Wannell picked up a second yellow card, and Greenhalgh’s delicisious free-kick minutes later all but confirmed Tonbridge’s progression.
Substitute Javaun Splatt scored the fourth goal with 15 minutes left and Joe Turner’s header rounded off a magnificent afternoon for the Angels.
It’s the first time that Tonbridge have been in the FA Cup First Round since 1972.
As for Cray Valley, they are enjoying their best-ever FA Cup run by some distance. In only their eighth season in the competition, the furthest they had previously reached was the Second Qualifying Round.
The signs were not good for Kevin Watson’s Isthmian South East outfit when Maidenhead led 2-0 by the half-hour with Manny Parry’s close-range effort deemed to have crossed the line before Dan Sparkes doubled their lead by finishing off a well-constructed move down the right wing.
But within 33 seconds of the restart, Cray were back in the game as keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond was caught on the ball and Ade Yusuff tucked into an empty net.
Cray levelled on the stroke of half-time with a brilliant header from Connor Dymond after a right-wing corner.
Keeper Joe Docherty – only playing due to an injury to regular goalie Andy Walker – became Cray’s hero with seven minutes left when he dived to his left to turn away Sam Barratt’s penalty.
It looked like the tie was heading to penalties as Yusuff shot into the side netting but as the game went into stoppage time, Yusuff crossed from the right and Babalola converted to spark wild celebrations among the Cray players and officials.
Louis Collins scored his first Dover goals but they suffered penalty shoot-out heartache at fellow National League side Yeovil.
Dover made five changes from the team that lost at Torquay last week with Collins one of the young guns introduced by boss Andy Hessenthaler.
Yeovil raced into a two-goal lead through Rhys Murphy but Dover hit back as Collins scored twice in the space of a few minutes to level the scores by the break.
Joe Quigley’s header put Yeovil ahead early in the second half but Dover were back on level terms when TJ Bramble equalised just past the hour mark.
The tie went to penalties with on-loan Arsenal teenager Tom Smith, who was making his debut, in goal for Dover.
Both teams scored all of their spot-kicks until, with the score at 7-6, Dover youngster Marshall Wratten stepped up but his penalty was saved by keeper Adam Smith to send Yeovil through.
Cray Wanderers left themselves too much to do in the second half at Canvey Island as they bowed out 3-2.
Canvey raced into a two-goal lead inside 10 minutes through Evans Kouassi’s brace and it went from bad to worse for Cray on 22 minutes when Conor Hubble scored from long range to make it 3-0.
Joe Taylor’s penalty on the hour reduced the arrears and Lee Lewis’ long-range strike set up a tense finale.
But keeper Bobby Mason twice denied Freddie Parker an equaliser before Taylor’s effort was brilliantly kept out.