Thrapston and Doughboys progress while Ar Tarn earn a replay

Action from Thrapston's 2-0 win over Cogenhoe in the FA Cup
Action from Thrapston's 2-0 win over Cogenhoe in the FA Cup

Ian Walker hailed a “terrific night” as Thrapston Town kicked the FA Cup extra preliminary round off in style with a 2-0 win over Cogenhoe United.

Jamie Gilsenan fired the hosts into a deserved lead on Friday evening with a 20-yard volley and Ryan Gormley’s second-half goal completed the victory for the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Division One side against their Premier Division opponents.

And boss Walker was delighted to see his side progress.

He said: “It was a fantastic result for us.

“We played really well and got a goal at the perfect time in the first half.

“We had to whether a bit of a storm from them but we scored a great team goal and managed to hold on.

“We had great support and the win has put a bit of money back into the club. It was a terrific night for us.”

Wellingborough Town are also through after they came from a goal down to beat March Town 2-1 at the Dog & Duck.

The Doughboys fell behind to a 12th-minute goal but Ryan Cherry brought them level on the half-hour.

And Michael Boyle-Chong completed the comeback with just five minutes to go.

Boss Rob Gould said: “For me, the main thing was just to get through so from that point of view it is job done.

“It sets us up for a home game with King’s Lynn who will bring a lot of fans with them.

“We weren’t at our best but we have got through and that is all that matters in cup football.”

Desborough Town will take on Wisbech Town at the Waterworks Field on Tuesday after they claimed a 1-1 draw.

An upset looked on the cards when Dan Kitching put Ar Tarn in front on the hour.

But Matt Lunn grabbed a late equaliser to earn Wisbech a replay.

And manager Steve Walker said: “I really thought we were going to hold on.

“To be honest, a draw is probably a fair result. They missed a couple of great opportunities in the first half.

“But we controlled things after that. We scored a good goal and had another disallowed. If that had stood it would have been game over.

“I am glad we have got another chance against them at home.”

Whitworth’s first-ever FA Cup tie ended in disappointment as they were beaten 5-1 at Peterborough Northern Star, who are also in the competition for the first time.

The hosts took a 3-0 lead at the break and added another before substitute Ryan Lovell pulled one back for the Flourmen.

However, Star immediately responded their fifth.

Stewarts & Lloyds led 1-0 at half-time in their tie at Dereham thanks to Brian Farrell’s goal.

But the hosts struck three times in the second half to seal a 3-1 victory.

Four goals in the final 10 minutes condemned Rothwell Corinthians to a heavy 7-1 defeat at Ely City.

The hosts led by just the one goal at half-time but moved into a 3-0 lead before Luke Phillips scored the visitors’ consolation.

However, Ely struck four more times as they ran out comfortable winners.

Rushden & Higham United’s hopes were ended by Division One rivals Bugbrooke, who completed a 3-1 victory at Hayden Road.

The visitors went into a 3-0 lead as Jory Mann’s late penalty proved to be in vain for the Lankies.

Irchester United take on Huntingdon Town in their extra preliminary round clash this afternoon (Sunday).

In Saturday’s friendly action, AFC Rushden & Diamonds drew 2-2 at Lutterworth Athletic while Raunds Town won 2-1 at Cogenhoe Reserves.