MARGATE striker Kwesi Appiah fired five goals as his side romped to a 6-1 victory at Thamesmead in their FA Cup second qualifying round replay last night (Tuesday).
He became the second Ryman League player to notch up a five-goal haul in the competition this season, following Shaun Welford’s feat for Maidstone in their 9-0 preliminary round thrashing of Corinthian.
After Saturday’s 0-0 draw, the tie went another half-hour without a breakthrough. Then Craig Cloke struck for Margate and Appiah quickly added another.
Theo Fairweather-Johnson put Thamesmead back in the picture ten minutes into the second half but Appiah responded with a four-goal salvo, rounding it off with a last-minute penalty as Gate earned themselves a home tie against Bromley on Saturday week. Appiah now has seven FA Cup goals, one fewer than Welford whose side are now out, and 11 in all this season.
The other all-Ryman tie brought a welcome victory for Division One North strugglers Maldon, who came from behind to beat Whitehawk 2-1 in Essex. Jamahl Hughes netted for Hawks on 18 minutes and they stayed in front until midway through the second half, when James Abbott squared matters. Sos Yao completed the upset with ten minutes left and Maldon now host Hendon.
Three other Ryman teams went through, taking the total who have reached the next round to 13. Perhaps the best victory came from East Thurrock, 3-1 at St Albans. Petrit Elbi scored twice and made the third for Kris Newby during a blistering 12-minute spell early in the second half, with the hosts replying late in the game. Rocks now have a home tie against North Greenford, one of the lowest-ranked teams left in the Cup.
Leatherhead, without a Premier Division victory to their credit, shook off their unhappy league form to beat Biggleswade Town 2-1 at Fetcham Grove. Goals either side of half-time by Chris Boulter and Greg Andrews did the trick, although the Southern League club pulled one back to give Tanners a nervous final half-hour before they clinched a visit to Billericay.
Worthing fell behind just before half-time at Kent League side Beckenham. Darren Budd equalised in the 67th minute and Ryan McBride netted the winner with ten minutes to go. Rebels now entertain Staines.
Concord, who scored twice in added time on Saturday to earn a home replay against Wroxham, were on the receiving end as the Eastern Counties League leaders netted a last-gasp goal to win 2-1. They had taken an early lead, with Anthony Stokes replying in the 54th minute.
Horsham also bowed out, going down 3-2 at home to Burnham. Dane Luchford scored for Hornets in the first minute of the second half after they had turned round 2-0 down. Burnham then netted their third and although Tony Nwachukwu responded with his tenth goal of the season, a 75th-minute penalty, the visitors held out.
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