FA Trophy Second Round Round-up
By JOHN CHUBB
Saturday proved to be an historic day for Aveley of the Isthmian North, who find themselves in the last 16 of the FA Trophy for the first time ever.
An impressive 2-1 victory away to Isthmian Premier League high-flyers Hornchurch in front of nearly 600 spectators saw the Millers – who had never previously progressed beyond the final qualifying round – go into the hat for Monday’s third round draw courtesy of a 53rd minute winner from Harry Gibbs.
Chris Dickson’s penalty just before half-time had seen Urchins level the scores after Shad Ngandu had given Aveley a 9th minute lead, also from the spot after a foul on Alex Akrofi.
The hosts had to play most of the second period with 10 men, after Mickey Parcell was shown a straight red card with 51 minutes played.
Also through are Chelmsford City after the National League South club brushed aside Salisbury of the Southern League Premier Division South at Melbourne Park.
Two goals from Shaun Jeffers and one each from Jonny Giles and Chris Whelpdale gave the Clarets an impressive 4-0 win.
Concord Rangers also have their name in Monday’s draw, but they face a replay after drawing 1-1 against another NLS side – Bath City – at the Aspect Arena.
Aron Pollock put the Beach Boys in front with a 77th minute header, but just two minutes later Tom Smith equalised to ensure another meeting on Tuesday at Twerton Park.
There was disappointment for new Dagenham & Redbridge manager Daryl McMahon – in charge of the Daggers for the first time – as he narrowly saw his side bow out of the competition thanks to an incredible injury-time goal.
McMahon and his men travelled to in-form National League rivals Notts County and were beaten by two goals to one.
Kristian Dennis gave the Magpies a 53rd minute lead before Mitch Brundle levelled with 15 minutes to go.
But in time added on County’s Michael Doyle struck a remarkable winner from the halfway line to put his side into the last 16.