Non-league sides dreaming of big tie

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Six non-league teams are definitely in the hat for Sunday's FA Cup third-round draw.

Forest Green, York, Oxford, Barrow, Luton and Staines are now all in with a chance of being paired with one of the Barclays Premier League big guns. Only Forest Green and York, however, came through Saturday's second round, with the other four teams all requiring replays.

Staines conjured the best result of the day with their 1-1 draw against League One Millwall at Wheatsheaf Park.

Millwall captain Paul Robinson gave the Lions the lead in the 69th minute, but 10 minutes later Ali Chaaban equalised from the spot after Darren Ward had brought down Richard Butler.

Blue Square Premier strugglers Forest Green edged past Bath City 2-1 at Twerton Park, Mark Preece scoring the vital goal early in the second half.

High-flying York beat fellow Premier side Cambridge 2-1 at the Abbey Stadium where Michael Rankine and Richard Brodie were on target, the latter from the spot.

Mark Nwokeji earned Luton their replay from a 2-2 draw with League Two Rotherham at the Don Valley Stadium.

Barrow managed to hold Oxford to a 1-1 draw at the Kassam Stadium, although United were reduced to 10 men near the end of the first half when Luke Foster was dismissed.

Of the other non-league sides, Rushden & Diamonds were beaten 3-2 at Brighton, for whom Liam Dickinson scored an 86th-minute winner.

Fellow League One side Swindon also left it late against 10-man Wrexham as Gordon Greer scored in the 80th minute after Christian Smith saw red for a reckless 52nd-minute challenge on Jonathan Douglas.

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Luke Foster
Liam Dickinson
Paul Robinson
League One
Darren Ward
Premier League
Darren Ward
Swindon Town
League Two
FA Cup
Gordon Greer
Jonathan Douglas
Brighton & Hove Albion
Paul Robinson
Mark Nwokeji

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