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Nov 27, 2010

FC United force late replay

FC United of Manchester's dream of a third-round tie at Old Trafford is still alive after Sam Ashton saved a late penalty against Brighton in the 1-1 FA Cup draw at the Withdean Stadium.

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Gus Poyet's men - the League One leaders - looked on course to complete a comeback victory when they were handed a spot-kick in the last minute. But Elliott Bennett's attempt was kept out by Ashton as the visitors breathed fresh life into their Cup campaign.

FC United, formed in protest against the Glazers' takeover of Manchester United, took a shock lead when former Liverpool trainee Nicky Platt - who also scored in the first-round win over Rochdale - powered them ahead.

Their momentum was checked in the second half when Scott McManus was sent off for throwing an elbow, and their resistance was finally punctured when the veteran Mauricio Taricco knocked in an 83rd minute equaliser, before Ashton's late heroics ensured a replay at Gigg Lane.

Loan signing Josh Walker made himself an instant hero by setting Stevenage on the way to a 2-0 victory over 10-man AFC Wimbledon. The 21-year-old, who only joined League Two Boro on loan from Watford on Friday, curled a free-kick in off the inside of Seb Brown's post after 24 minutes to set the visitors on their way.

Luke Moore wasted a glorious chance to level before sub Yemi Odubade booked Stevenage's place in the third-round draw, while Dons' Ed Harris was dismissed for two yellow cards.

Elsewhere, former Arsenal trainee Adam Birchall scored twice as Blue Square Bet Premier side Dover Athletic stunned League Two opponents Aldershot with a 2-0 win and Zamaretto Premier side Swindon Supermarine battled valiantly at Colchester before falling to a 1-0 reverse. The home side took the lead when Ian Henderson crossed for David Mooney, but that wasn't the cue for the floodgates to open - and the visitors were unlucky to be on the losing side after Jamie Gosling squandered a late chance.

Burton got the better of local rivals Chesterfield 3-1, while a double from veteran midfielder Tommy Miller helped Sheffield Wednesday to a 3-2 win over Northampton.

Scott Rendell scored twice to prevent Wycombe from having an awkward afternoon as they beat Chelmsford 3-1, while under-fire Walsall manager Chris Hutchings came away from Torquay with a 1-0 defeat.

York secured their passage with a 2-0 win at Darlington, while Huddersfield and Southampton both flexed their muscles with 6-0 and 3-0 wins over Macclesfield and Cheltenham respectively.

Chelmsford lost 3-1 at Wycombe, Luton twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at Charlton and Carlisle also battled back after twice going a goal down before edging out Tamworth 3-2.

Peterborough won 2-1 at Bury and Hereford drew 2-2 with Lincoln, while the games between Hartlepool and Yeovil and Notts County and Bournemouth fell foul of the weather.

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