FA Cup run ends for non-league Halifax and Maidstone

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Non-league Halifax and Maidstone failed to join National League rivals Solihull Moors in the hat for the FA Cup third round.

Halifax missed early chances as they lost 3-1 to League Two AFC Wimbledon while Maidstone went down 2-0 at home to Oldham.

Solihull had already confirmed their place in Monday’s third-round draw after their goalless draw with Blackpool on Friday night.

Halifax missed chances in their FA Cup defeat to Wimbledon (Ian Hodgson/PA)

Wimbledon withstood the early pressure and snatched the lead through Ben Purrington’s deflected effort just before the break.

Two goals in three minutes midway through the second half from Anthony Wordsworth and Joe Pigott sealed Wimbledon’s win, before a late James Hanson own goal gave Halifax some consolation.

Maidstone battled well after conceding a 13th-minute opener to Oldham’s Peter Clarke at the Gallagher Stadium.

But when it looked like they might manage to force a replay, Chris O’Grady fired his side’s second from an acute angle eight minutes from time to seal victory for the league side.

League Two Lincoln are shaping up for another cup run after seeing off Carlisle 2-0, Matt Rhead opening the scoring in the first minute and John Akinde adding a late second.

Struggling Bradford struck back from the dead to claim a 2-2 draw in their all League One tussle at Peterborough.

First-half efforts from Ivan Toney and Siriki Dembele looked to have seen the hosts home with the minimum of fuss.

But Kelvin Mellor blazed home from long range in the 84th minute and two minutes from time Luca Colville’s deflected effort earned a replay.

Aiden McGeady
Aiden McGeady put Sunderland in front at Walsall (Richard Sellers/PA)

Black Cats captain Aiden McGeady slid his side into the lead in the 37th minute but Andy Cook struck an equaliser for the Saddlers early in the second half.

Late goals from Andy Butler and John Marquis earned Doncaster a place in the hat with an impressive 2-0 win at Charlton, while goals from Offrande Zanzala, Billy Kee and Jordan Clark saw Accrington Stanley see off Cheltenham 3-1.

Billy Kee
Billy Kee sealed Accrington Stanley’s place in round three (Barrington Coombs/PA)

Goals from James Henry and Cameron Brannagan paved the way for Oxford’s 2-1 win at Plymouth, who replied late through Antoni Sarcevic.

Finally, Wrexham and Newport will both be in the hat for the third-round draw after a largely uneventful goalless draw at the Racecourse Ground.

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