In a weekend that saw Liverpool being knocked out of the cup and Tottenham scraping by with a last ditch goal, we also witnessed two of the biggest upsets in recent F.A. cup history, as both Lincoln City and Sutton United from the National Leagues beat Championship teams Brighton & Hove Albion and Leeds United.
National League leaders Lincoln welcomed Brighton to Sincil Bank, looking to make the F.A. cup 5th round for the first time in 115yrs. The Championship side opened the scoring midway through the first half, with a goal to Richie Towell that gave them a 0-1 lead that they took into the break. However, that lead didn’t last long after the return, as Powers opened Lincoln’s account from the penalty spot and, when Brighton defender Tomori found his own net to put Lincoln 2-1 up, the dream looked on. It stayed that way until the 85th minute, when Thoe Robinson, the two goal hero from their third round victory of Ipswich, hammered home to secure his place in the club’s history books and see the National League team into the last 16.
On Sunday another National League side Sutton United looked to follow Lincoln City in to the 5th round of the cup as they welcomed Championship team Leeds United to Gander Green Lane. With the non-league team currently 83 league places below their opponents, they set out of the stall early and dominated from the start. After hitting the woodwork and forcing the Leeds keeper to earn his money with two brilliant saves, they thought they had taken the lead when Roarie Deacon scored, only for it to be disallowed for offside from the side-lines. However, this was only temporary and, 10 minutes into the 2nd half, Jamie Collins stepped up and scored from the spot to give Sutton the lead, which they kept. They now take their place in Monday’s fifth round draw as the lowest place team.