The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING - By Matty He­witt

NORTH­ERN LEAGUE side Shildon caused one of the up­sets of the round as they de­feated famed FA Cup he­roes Al­trin­cham.

The Railwaymen stole it at the end through sub­sti­tute Cameron Fen­ton.

The last time the two sides met the Robins ran out 3-0 win­ners but it was a dif­fer­ent story this time with im­pres­sive 17year-old Dom Curl a rock in de­fence for Shildon.

The home side, who ply their trade two di­vi­sions lower than EVO-STIK Pre­mier Alty, had the ball in the back of the net on 15 min­utes when Sam Hodg­son’s cor­ner flew into the back of the Robins net. The ref­eree, how­ever, awarded the Al­trin­cham a free kick for a foul on An­thony Thomp­son.

And the tide turned in the tie fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of Adam Bur­ni­cle as the for­ward stretched Alty’s back line on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions.

Just when a re­play beck­oned, sub­sti­tute Bur­ni­cle forced James Jones into a de­fen­sive er­ror, the de­fender han­dling the ball in the area with four min­utes left.

Billy Greulich-Smith stepped up but his spot kick was well saved down low to Thomp­son’s left-hand side, be­fore Fen­ton headed the ball into the far cor­ner.

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