Toffees tamed by Shrews
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Everton's Premiership reputation counted for nothing in Shropshire as The Shrews enjoyed the best of the first half with Richard Wright keeping the visitors in the game.
But Wright could do nothing about veteran striker Nigel Jemson's 38th minute free-kick which rippled the back of the net and put the Third Division side in front.
Early in the second half, Shrewsbury had strong claims for a penalty turned down and on the hour mark they were ruing Steve Dunn's decision when substitute Niclas Alexandersson drew The Toffees level.
Ian Woan had been pulling the strings for The Shrews and he provided the cross for Jemson to head home a memorable winner a minute from time as Kevin Ratcliffe put one over his former club.
Preston manager Craig Brown has been under pressure of late and his team were not helping his cause against Third Division Rochdale.
The minnows took the lead at Deepdale after 39 minutes when Lee McEvilly curled home a delightful free-kick but his feat was matched by Preston substitute Iain Anderson three minutes after the interval.
Rochdale were deservedly back in front six minutes later when player-manager Paul Simpson scrambled the ball home and his side clung on to secure a berth in the fourth round.
Conference outfit Dagenham & Redbridge have enjoyed some successful forays in the FA Cup in recent years and Paul Terry's 13th minute header put them ahead at in-form Plymouth.
Dagenham were unable to hold onto their advantage as Ian Stonebridge hauled The Pilgrims level a minute before the break.
Paul Wotton put the league club in front just past the hour mark but Dagenham were not behind for long as Junior McDougald equalised on 67 minutes to earn a replay.
West Ham have endured a torrid time at Upton Park this term and Nottingham Forest compounded their misery after 17 minutes of their tussle.
David James was at fault for the goal as he allowed the ball to slip through his grasp and Marlon Harewood pounced to slot home.
Jermain Defoe curled the ball into the top corner on 26 minutes but their joy lasted until five minutes after half-time when Andy Reid volleyed Forest back in front from close range.
Joe Cole put The Hammers back on terms again on 61 minutes and then David Johnson fired a penalty wide after Harewood was fouled.
England Under-21 international Defoe's deflected shot on 83 minutes finally gave The Hammers their first home win of the season and possibly saved Glenn Roeder's job in the process despite riding their luck in a pulsating cup tie.
Leeds faced a potential banana skin at Scunthorpe but their nerves were settled by Mark Viduka's 32nd minute penalty after Eirik Bakke was fouled.
The Norwegian sealed Leeds' spot in the fourth round on 68 minutes when he finished coolly.
West Brom have struggled to score more than one goal in a game this term but ran riot against Bradford at The Hawthorns with Danny Dichio bagging a hat-trick inside 20 minutes.
He headed home on four minutes and repeated the dose on 11 minutes before producing a clinical finish on 19 minutes while Bradford grabbed a consolation through Mark Danks on 79 minutes.
Stoke handed themselves a confidence boost with victory over Division Two table-toppers Wigan Athletic.
Chris Greenacre's first goal since the start of November put Stoke ahead on 20 minutes and Chris Iwelumo's lethal volley on 31 minutes doubled the advantage and Greenacre made it three midway through the second half.
Wimbledon continued Rotherham's miserable recent run at Millmoor as Neil Shipperley's 36th minute goal and Joel McAnuff's late breakaway strike was added to by Lionel Morgan's injury time goal to settle the tie.
Sheffield United comfortably disposed of Cheltenham with Shaun Murphy and John-Paul McGovern bagging first half goals and Steve Kabba adding a third in the second period and a fourth on 84 minutes.
Watford survived a possible upset at Macclesfield with Heidar Helguson's 24th minute effort setting them on the way and Jermaine Pennant notching a second on 61 minutes.
At The Bescot Stadium, neither defence was breached as Walsall and Reading shared a stalemate in a dour encounter.
Norwich City's clash against First Division rivals Brighton was abandoned after a power failure at Carrow Road.
Click below for an individual match summary:
Macclesfield 0-2 Watford
Norwich P-P Brighton
Plymouth 2-2 Dagenham and Redbridge
Preston 1-2 Rochdale
Rotherham 0-3 Wimbledon
Scunthorpe 0-2 Leeds
Sheffield Utd 4-0 Cheltenham
Shrewsbury 2-1 Everton
Stoke 3-0 Wigan
Walsall 0-0 Reading
West Brom 3-1 Bradford
West Ham 3-2 Nottingham Forest