The FA Cup first round replay roundup

Published on 16 November 2023 at 13:00


Over the course of the nine FA Cup first round replays, there were exactly 46 goals, making it a very entertaining set of midweek games from the oldest national football competition in the world. 


From non league clashes to full League One clashes, we will look at what happened and who each team will face in the second round.

Horsham 0-3 Barnsley


Horsham will have been full of confidence against League One Barnsley after their impressive performance in their 3-3 clash at Oakwell, which set up a home replay for the seventh-tier side, but a close range strike from Nicky Cadden inside the first three minutes left them with a mountain to climb. 


Barnsley showed why they were 100 places above their opponents in the football pyramid, with striker John McAtee’s strong header and an impressive chip from outside the box putting the League One promotion hopefuls firmly in the driving seat inside the opening 30 minutes.


Daniel Ajakaiye, Horsham’s top scorer, couldn’t convert his chances in the second half for the much improved side, so it will be Barnsley who will travel to face League Two Sutton United in the second round. 

Forest Green Rovers 5-2 Scarborough Athletic


Forest Green Rovers were much improved in their home tie versus Scarborough Athletic, beating the National League North side 5-2 to progress to the second round.


It took Forest Green scoring a 93rd minute equaliser to force this replay, but the League Two side showed their intent by scoring four goals inside the first half to put them 4-1 up going into the second half. 


It took until the 76th minute for substitute Tyrese Omotoye for the home side to score their fifth goal, and Michael Coulson’s late consolation for Scarborough wasn’t enough to stop Forest Green from facing Blackpool in the next round.

Grimsby Town 7-2 Slough Town


Grimsby Town scored seven goals against sixth-tier Slough Town at Blundell Park, after their previous FA Cup fixture ended in a 1-1 draw. 


Goals from Rekeil Pyke and Danny Rose gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead, but Tyrece Dyce and David Ogbonna’s goals levelled the score, before Pyke scored his second goal of the game to give the League Two side a 3-2 lead going into halftime. 


Grimsby added four more goals to their scoreline in the second half courtesy of Arthur Gnahoua’s brace and strikes from Alex Hunt and Jamie Andrews meant that they will travel to Oxford United in the second round.

York City 2-1 Chester


Lennel John-Lewis’ brace proved to be enough for the National League side to stop eighth-tier side Chester from hosting Wigan Athletic in the second round. 


George Glendon scored a consolation goal in the 71st minute for the away team, but their late pressure couldn’t result in an equaliser. 


York City will feature on BBC Two in the Friday late kick off against the 2013 FA Cup winners, Wigan Athletic, on the 1st of December. 

Cray Valley Paper Mills 1-6 Charlton Athletic


Charlton Athletic produced a tremendous second half display to stroll to a comfortable victory against eighth-tier side Cray Valley Paper Mills. 


Alfie May’s opener for the League One side was cancelled out just before halftime after Kyrell Lisbie’s penalty drew the Millers level, but replays suggested that the foul happened outside the 18 yard box. 


Miles Leaburn scored a second for the Addicks before Alfie May grabbed his brace to put his side 3-1 up, and as the semi-professional team began to tire, it was followed by goals for George Dobson, Tyreece Campbell and Micah Mbick. Michael Appleton’s 6-1 win will be rewarded with a trip to League Two Gillingham in the second round. 

Salford City 4-4 Peterborough United (4-5 pens)


After a 93rd minute equaliser set up this FA Cup replay, Peterborough United had to rely on more late drama to beat Salford City in a penalty shootout. 


The Posh went into the second half with a 3-1 lead, before Curtis Tilt’s second headed goal and Josh Knight’s own goal sent the replay to extra-time. The League Two side took the lead in extra time through Stevie Mallan’s goal, but Jonson Clarke Harris’ 123rd minute equaliser sent the game to a dramatic penalty shootout. 


Finn Talley’s spot-kick save from Connor McLennan proved to be the decisive moment for Peterborough, who will host Doncaster Rovers in the next round.

Derby County 1-3 Crewe Alexandra


Derby County’s late comeback against Crewe Alexandra proved to be for nothing, as the League Two side came from a goal down to win 3-1 at Pride Park.


Tom Barhuizen opened the scoring for the League One side, but a first half brace from Aaron Rowe put Crewe ahead going into the second half. 


The Rams pushed for an equaliser, but it was Crewe who extended their lead in the 65th minute through Mickey Demetriou, setting up a home tie against League One side, Bristol Rovers. 

Accrington Stanley 1-2 Doncaster Rovers


Accrington Stanley got off to the perfect start against their fellow League Two opponents, Doncaster Rovers, with Joe Pritchard turning in the opener for the home side inside seven minutes. 


After their first clash ended 2-2, Doncaster Rovers equalised through Zain Westbrooke’s 69th minute strike, which took the sides to extra time in the heavily-contested FA Cup tie. 


Joe Ironside’s goal in the 101st minute was the difference between the two sides, setting up a trip to Peterborough United for Doncaster Rovers in the second round.

Burton Albion 0-2 Port Vale 


Burton Albion’s 2023 FA Cup campaign came to an abrupt end at the Pirelli Stadium, with a goal in each half proving to be enough for Port Vale. 


The Carabao Cup quarter finalists, Port Vale, took the lead when Gavin Massey pounced on a loose ball to convert past Max Crocombe after 31 minutes.


Burton’s striker, Cole Stockton, had an equaliser ruled out for offside, but substitute Lewis Cass sealed the win for the Valiants, who will travel to League One rivals, Stevenage in the second round. 


The FA Cup second round matches will start on Friday, 1st of December and games will continue until AFC Wimbledon's home tie v Ramsgate on Monday, the 4th of December. 


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