FA Cup round-up: Boreham Wood and Kidderminster upsets keep non-league dreams alive
Boreham Wood and Kidderminster booked their places in the fourth-round of the FA Cup on Saturday with huge upsets on a day of pure drama.
It all began with a near-miss as Mansfield were denied a shock at home to Middlesbrough after a late John-Joe O’Toole own goal in the earliest lunchtime kick-off, but come Saturday evening several lower-league teams had pulled off shocks.
Their place in the hat was secured in the dying moments when Adrian Clifton turned home a precise cross from the left to send the club one-round better than their run to this stage last season.
The gap between the clubs was even bigger at Aggborough as sixth-tier Kidderminster overcame a 79-place gap in the Football League to beat Reading.
Despite George Puscas’ potentially-offside opener, the Harriers levelled up when captain Sam Austin’s strike beat Rafael’s weak palms before an 82nd-minute winner from Amari Morgan-Smith, who turned home a near-post corner in a goalmouth scramble.
With Cambridge winning at Newcastle, there was another Premier League casualty at Turf Moor as Huddersfield came from behind to beat Burnley with a late Matty Pearson header.
Hartlepool also recovered from a goal down to beat Championship Blackpool 2-1, the winner coming from teenage substitute Joe Grey.
A rollercoaster affair at DW Stadium saw five second-half goal as Wigan beat Blackburn thanks to a stoppage-time winner from Thelo Aasgaard.
Not to be outdone, Barnsley and Barrow shared nine goals in a 5-4 thriller with the Terriers coming out on top after extra-time.
Brighton required extra-time as well to beat West Brom at The Hawthorns, Neal Maupay supplying the winner, while Queens Park Rangers were the only team needing penalties of the 3pm kick-offs as they overcame Rotherham at home.
In the late kick-offs, Chelsea cruised past non-league Chesterfield, while Everton needed extra-time before eventually beating Hull 3-2.
Southampton had Yan Valery sent-off after 30 minutes, but they were still good enough to beat Swansea 3-2 in a match that also needed 120 minutes.
Bournemouth eased past Yeovil 3-1, while Plymouth beat Birmingham 1-0 away from home.