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FA Cup: Hereford put financial woes to one side with great win

 

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The First Round of the FA Cup has thrown up one or two shock results but bye and large the majority of ties went with the form book.

One notable exception was the lunchtime win by cash-starpped Hereford United over Shrewsbury Town. Both sides were in NPower League 2 last season but are now two divisions apart. Hereford are reported to be losing £8,000 a week and parted company with Director of Football, Gary Peters as a cost cutting measure on Tuesday. Ironic, given that Peters had a decent spell as Shrewsbury boss not so long ago.

Progress into the next round after a 3-1 win will give them a cash life-line with the hope of a third round tie against one of the big boys. Hereford's finest hour came in 1972 when they knocked out Newcastle United - then a top flight side.

Another side that will be glad of the cash are Chelmsford City who shocked League One side Colchester United to reach the second round and win the first encounter between the Essex sides for 44 years.

The Blue Square Bet South team took the lead when Donovan Simmonds collected Jamie Slabber's flick-on and superbly lobbed Mark Cousins from 25 yards.

Simmonds added his second by poking home Richard Brindley's long ball.

Michael Rose pulled one back from a free-kick but Slabber's tidy finish sent the home crowd into raptures.

The last time the sides met was an FA Cup second-round tie in January 1968, which Colchester won 2-0, meaning this Essex derby had been eagerly anticipated since it was drawn out of the hat.

And despite Colchester's early possession, the home side were rarely troubled at the back, belying their position 61 places below the U's in the football pyramid.

Torquay were beaten on home soil by Harrogate Town, Macclesfield won at Swindon and Alfreton won at Wrexham and that's about it shock wise. Portsmouth who won the Cup not five seasons ago were dumpee out by Notts County.

The draw for the second round takes place on Sunday 4th November. ITV will be covering the second round draw live at 2.30pm after the Braintree Town v Tranmere Rovers game. This will therefore be before the Dorchester Town v Plymouth Argyle game on ESPN with both going into the hat.

JB

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