Two wonder strikes from Anthony Pilkington helped Huddersfield to a 3-2 win against Peterborough and propelled them past the second round stage of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy for the first time in eight years.

Town were already leading 1-0 thanks to a goalkeeping blunder when Pilkington smashed in the first of two superb efforts into the top-left corner in the 12th minute.

A long headed clearance out of defence by Peter Clarke was turned into Pilkington's path by Lee Novak and the ex-Stockport winger drilled home from 20 yards.

He repeated the trick in the 24th minute after a solo run past three defenders, with keeper Joe Lewis given no chance with a finish which curled wickedly into the top corner.

Earlier, Lewis had been at fault in gifting Huddersfield the lead by allowing a Graham Carey shot from distance to slip through his legs.

A classy second half display helped Crewe to a 4-2 win at Macclesfield and secured a place in the quarter-finals.

Leon McSweeney scored the only goal of the game to send Hartlepool into the third round following a 1-0 victory over Bradford at Victoria Park.

Goalkeeper Cameron Belford was the penalty hero as Bury knocked out Shrewsbury to progress after a goalless stalemate and a 6-5 shoot-out victory.

Skipper Frank Simek converted the winning penalty as Carlisle completed a fine fightback to knock Port Vale out after the game finished 2-2 after 90 minutes.

Carlisle, last season's beaten finalists, appeared to be heading out of the competition at the second-round stage as they trailed 2-0 with 14 minutes left but they hit back to keep alive their hopes of another date at Wembley with a 4-3 penalties win.

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