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13 November 2013

Wednesday 13th November

Northern Section

Fleetwood Town claimed the third League 1 scalp of their Johnstone's Paint Trophy campaign as Carlisle United were beaten 2-0 at Highbury.

David Ball and Antoni Sarcevic struck early in each half as the Cod Army advanced to the Northern Area Semi-Finals at the expense of the two-time winners of the competition.

Ball got the hosts off to a flying start with a goal after five minutes. His initial shot was saved by Carlisle goalkeeper Greg Fleming but the rebound fell nicely to Sarcevic who ran to the byline and cut the ball back for Ball to net from close range. Sarcevic doubled the advantage in the 54th minutes, lobbing Fleming after a long ball forward from Gareth Evans.

Tuesday 12th November

Northern Section

Ollie Banks scored his first goals for Chesterfield as they deservedly beat Rochdale 3-0 in an entertaining Northern Area Quarter-Final.

The Spireites were the better side in the first half and deserved the lead Banks gave them in added time when he headed in a Gary Roberts cross at the near post.

Ian Henderson thought he had equalised but referee Chris Sarginson ruled offside after consulting with an assistant and Henderson was frustrated again when he struck a post six minutes later.

The game flowed from end to end until Jimmy Ryan found Roberts on the right and his low cross was swept home by Armand Gnanduillet.

Any hopes Rochdale had were ended in the 79th minute when Roberts capped a fine display with another pinpoint pass to send Banks in on the right for his second.

Rotherham United ground out a place in the last four with a 2-1 win at Hartlepool United.

Pools went into the game on the back of four successive home wins and dominated this one, missing a host of chances to take the game to penalties.

The Millers took an early lead when Tom Eaves firmly planted a header home from Kieran Agard's corner.

The rest of the half was one-way traffic, but all Pools had to show for their effort was Andy Monkhouse's leveller - the former Miller rolling his finish across goalkeeper Adam Collin.

Collin then saved from James Poole, Luke James and Monkhouse as Pools were dominant.

But, after 44 minutes, the Millers regained the lead. The ball was rolled into the path of Agard and his shot was covered by keeper Scott Flinders, only for a big deflection to wrong-foot the keeper.

Hartlepool went close to a leveller at the death.

In four minutes of injury time, Jack Baldwin headed against the crossbar after Collin had denied Neil Austin, then Antony Sweeney hooked over from close range.

Oldham Athletic produced a storming fightback to beat Notts County 5-1.

It was a miserable night for new County manager Shaun Derry, who saw captain Dean Leacock sent off and has now lost his first two games in charge.

County struck after 13 minutes when Ronan Murray wriggled free inside the box and slotted home an angled eight-yard shot.

Oldham levelled on the half-hour as Korey Smith crossed from the right and James Tarkowski volleyed in from close range.

The Latics led on the stroke of half-time when Danny Philliskirk blasted in from the penalty spot, sending goalkeeper Fabian Speiss the wrong way after Yoann Arquin's shove on James Dayton.

County went down to 10 men in the 55th minute as Leacock was adjudged to have hauled back Jonson Clarke-Harris just outside the box and was sent off for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Oldham cashed in, with Philliskirk teeing up the unmarked Dayton to score with a low drive from 10 yards.

And Philliskirk struck again six minutes from time when he collected Dayton's pass 12 yards out and slammed in his second of the night.

Oldham's teenage substitute Jordan Bove was sent off in the closing stages - just two minutes into his debut - for a high tackle on Kieron Freeman.

But Oldham made it five in injury time as Philliskirk's shot was saved and Clarke-Harris tapped in the rebound.

Southern Section

Britt Assombalonga fired Peterborough United to within three matches of Wembley as they edged out Dagenham and Redbridge 1-0 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Southern Area Quarter-Final.

The club's record signing could hardly miss from four yards after being picked out by a 57th-minute cut-back from Nathaniel Mendez-Laing as Posh saw off League 2 opposition for the second time in four days - this success following hot on the heels of an FA Cup first round triumph over Exeter City .

The breakthrough arrived seconds after the visitors had spurned a glorious chance of their own. The stooping Abu Ogogo contrived to head a terrific Gavin Hoyte cross over the bar from close range.

Posh midfielder Grant McCann had crashed a free-kick against the bar in the final action of the first half.

Stevenage survived the sending-off of Roarie Deacon to book a place in the Semi-Finals after a dramatic 3-2 victory over Leyton Orient.

A mad first half which saw five goals, two penalties and a red card decided this whirlwind encounter with Boro's 10 men holding out heroically after the break.

The match got off to the most frenetic start as Francois Zoko's header from Luke Freeman's cross was deflected into the net by Elliot Omozusi in the second minute.

Lucas Akins then doubled Boro's lead by nodding in Felipe Morais' centre, only for David Mooney to quickly pull one back for Orient with a well-taken volley.

Then, with still only 16 minutes played, the hosts were awarded a penalty as Omozusi handled Freeman's shot with Jamie Jones just unable to keep out Morais' spot-kick.

Stevenage's Deacon was then sent off for tugging back Shaun Batt before Lloyd James reduced the deficit again on half-time from the penalty spot after Jayden Stockley was taken late.

Nicky Ajose grabbed an injury-time winner as Swindon Town came from behind to snatch a dramatic 2-1 victory over Wycombe Wanderers at the County Ground.

Swindon trailed 1-0 to a late first-half goal by Matt McClure but scored twice the last 15 minutes to turn the tie on its head.

Swindon benefited from a fortuitous 76th-minute equaliser as Ryan Harley's 25-yard free-kick cannoned off Ajose, completely wrong-footing goalkeeper Matt Ingram and bouncing into the far corner.

With a penalty shoot-out looming, Swindon grabbed their winner. Jay McEveley's free-kick was headed back at the far post and Ajose spun on the turn to send Mark Cooper's men through.

Newport County brushed Portsmouth aside with a 3-0 victory to move into the Semi-Finals.

Conor Washington netted in either half while centre-back Deji Oshilaja scored his first senior goal for Justin Edinburgh's men.

Despite leading 2-0 in this Quarter-Final tie, Newport's David Pipe produced a moment of madness in the 67th minute when the Exiles captain was shown a straight red card by referee Graham Scott following a two-footed tackle on Ricky Holmes.

Yet Edinburgh's League 2 outfit went from strength to strength and Washington added a third with eight minutes remaining to safely navigate their passage into next month's semi-finals.

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