FC United finally dispatched plucky Woodley Sports at the second attempt to get their latest bid for FA Cup glory under way.
But it was only after the break that the Rebels found their shooting boots as they romped to a 4-1 first qualifying-round replay victory at Glossop North End’s Surrey Street ground. Karl Marginson’s men missed a host of first-half chances and were grateful to Carlos Roca for giving them a 28th-minute lead when he converted from the spot after Mike Norton had been tripped by keeper Liam Higginbotham.
Ben Deegan (50 mins) and Adam Jones (56) struck to finally hammer home FC’s superiority.
And, though Woodley’s Gary Gee did pull one back with a 30-yard piledriver, Norton then tapped in a fourth to guarantee United a Gigg Lane tie with Lancaster a week on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Garry Flitcroft’s Chorley had their dreams of Cup success shattered as they went out 1-0 to visiting AFC Fylde.
Ramsbottom also bowed out, beaten 2-1 at home by Nantwich, who will next travel to Andy Preece’s Northwich.
Unbeaten Stalybridge Celtic narrowed the gap on Blue Square Bet North leaders Hyde to just two points with a 2-0 victory over 10-man Blyth at Bower Fold.
Greg Wilkinson fired Bridge in front a minute before the break but it was only after Blyth’s Wayne Phillips had been sent off for violent conduct that Adam Kay hit Bridge’s second goal to seal their ninth win in 10 games.
Altrincham made a sensational return to winning ways with Damian Reeves and Nicky Clee each scoring twice to help them crush Colwyn Bay 6-1 in North Wales. James Lawrie and Rob Williams were also on target for the rampant Robins.
Northwich beat Kendal 2-0 at the Victoria Stadium to march to the top of Evo-Stik Premier.
Hyde suffered their first defeat of the season in making an instant Cheshire Senior Cup exit, beaten 2-0 by visiting Chester.
September 21, 2011