By Simon Gray
Plymouth 3-3 Stourbridge
Replay: Stourbridge 2-0 Plymouth
Southern League Premier side Stourbridge went to League Two side Plymouth full of hope and managed to pull off the shock of the round once taking them back to the War Memorial Athletic Ground.
This match could have been an even bigger shock had Onismor Bhasera not scored an 88th minute equaliser for Argyle to force the replay.
In the first match, Plymouth ended the 90 minutes with nine men after Robbie Williams and Conor Hourihane saw red for the home side.
The replay also had an ill-tempered feel to the match with Argyle receiving one more red card, Paul Bignot kicked out at Stourbridge’s Sean Evans in the first half.
Stourbridge took the lead in the replay thanks to bricklayer Paul McCone’s strike early in the second half before Evans condemned Argyle to a huge scalp.
As of the 2016-17 season, Stourbridge have reached the first round proper five times in eight seasons and face Whitehawk away this year.
Chelmsford City 3-1 Colchester United
This result was made even sweeter for Chelmsford in the Essex derby as the last time the sides met was in 1968.
The Blue Square South side managed to upset the odds and beat League One side Colchester in what U’s manager Joe Dunne described as ‘a career low’.
Chelmsford took the lead in the 23rd minute thanks to a Donovan Simmonds goal, Simmonds then doubled City’s advantage in the 63rd minute.
Chelmsford then withstood a Colchester fight back in which Michael Rose scored for the away side before completing the upset when Jamie Slabber scored in the 89th minute.
Chelmsford would go onto lose 3-0 to Crawley in the next round but that derby win is still fond in their fans’ hearts.
This year proved to be no fairy tale for Chelmsford as they suffered a home defeat to Dartford in the second qualifying round.
Gillingham 1-1 Brackley
Brackley 1-0 Gillingham
Conference North side Brackley knocked out League One side visitors thanks to a Glenn Walker winner in the 20th minute of this one in front of the BT Sport cameras.
Brackley nearly upset the odds first time around but Bradley Dack rescued a draw for Gillingham in the 97th minute.
Brackley would go onto lose valiantly 3-2 at Conference side Macclesfield Town.
Interestingly, these two sides meet again in the first round this year at the Priestfield Stadium.
Coventry City 1-2 Worcester City
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A Sean Geddes sealed a giant killing from Worcester City as they knocked out previous winners of the competition Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.
The Conference North side went into the game 64 places below their League One opponents.
Coventry keeper Lee Burge was sent off in the first half after an altercation with Worcester forward Daniel Nti before Geddes scored a penalty and an early second half goal.
Coventry skipper Reda Johnson, who despite missing a first half penalty, forced a late fight back with an 81st minute goal.
Worcester would go onto lose 14-13 on penalties to Scunthorpe in a second round replay in which a new competition record was set for the most penalties taken (32).
Worcester lost 3-0 to Brackley this year in the third qualifying round.
Bristol Rovers 0-1 Chesham United
Chesham caused the shock of the round last year in beating newly promoted to League Two Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium.
Rovers had 25 shots but could not convert a single one before Ryan Blake scored in the 77th minute, which proved to be the winner.
Chesham could have led earlier than that but Rovers keeper Lee Nicholls saved Dave Pearce’s first half penalty.
Chesham would go onto lose 4-0 at Bradford City in the next round.
It would not all be so grim for Rovers fans as the club would go onto gain promotion that year.
Chesham have reached the first round this year as well, this time they face League One side Peterborough United away from home.