CHEADLE TOWN pulled off one of the shocks of the round as they knocked Northwich Victoria out of the FA Cup on Saturday.
The Vics have a proud history of giant-killing but the roles were reversed in the preliminary round of this season’s competition. Northwich are two steps above Cheadle on the non-league ladder yet the North West Counties First Division side not only went there and won, they did it by a 4-2 scoreline.
Town might have feared the worst when the hosts took a 16th-minute lead through former Curzon Ashton loanee Dan Cockerline, but Sam Noar equalised just six minutes later before Michael Sherrington struck either side of the break.
The Vics failed to mount a fightback and Cheadle sub Thabiso Magida scored with his first touch, making Alex Byrne’s stoppage-time penalty only a consolation.
Cheadle again face a side two steps above them in the next round after being handed a trip to TRAFFORD, who won 1-0 at Prescot Cables after a Kingsley Williams goal.
MAINE ROAD are also through after winning 3-2 at home to AFC Emley. The visitors made it 1-1 on 48 minutes but two goals in three minutes by Michael Burke and Josh Tinker set Road on course for the next round – and a trip to Burscough.
Their NWC Premier rivals WEST DIDSBURY & CHORLTON are out, though, after losing 3-2 at home to Squires Gate. Ash Woods equalised for West on 76 minutes but the visitors struck a minute later to seal victory.
Ayrton Bevins bagged a brace as HYDE UNITED enjoyed a 4-0 home win against Cammell Laird, as did Michael Fish as Tameside rivals MOSSLEY also triumphed 4-0 on their own patch, against Hemsworth Miners Welfare.
RAMSBOTTOM UNITED lost 2-1 at home to Sheffield FC while RADCLIFFE BOROUGH and DROYLSDEN are set for a replay on Tuesday night.
New Boro chairman Paul Hilton promised goals this season and the team is delivering, playing out a thrilling 4-4 draw with their Evo-Stik North rivals on Saturday.
Two Stephen Lewis penalties saw hosts Droylsden come from behind before a Luke Daly brace put them 4-3 up with seven minutes left, but Elliot Rokka claimed his second goal just two minutes from time to earn a replay.
First qualifying round (to be played Sept 3):
ASHTON UNITED v Nantwich Town
HYDE UNITED v Colne/1874 Northwich
Worksop/Ashton Athletic v MOSSLEY
Burscough v MAINE ROAD
TRAFFORD v CHEADLE TOWN
DROYLSDEN/RADCLIFFE v Spennymoor Town