U's and Terriers triumph
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
In a hectic opening round of ties, losing semi-finalists from last year Sheffield United needed a late penalty to scrape past Macclesfield Town despite behind outplayed for most of the match, while Cardiff City made no mistake against Leyton Orient thanks to a Robert Earnshaw hat-trick.
Division Three side Huddersfield Town pulled off one of the shocks of the night as they dumped out Division One outfit Derby County 2-1 at The McAlpine Stadium.
New signing Ian Taylor put the visitors ahead four minutes before the break but goals from Jon Stead and John Thorrington (pictured) helped The Terriers to a memorable victory over George Burley's Rams.
Oxford United repeated the dose as the Third Division side ousted their Division One opponents Millwall at The New Den thanks to a single goal from Steve Basham.
Darlington claimed another Division One scalp for the Division Three contingent, as they dumped Bradford City out of the competition in a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
After holding The Bantams to a goalless draw at Valley Parade, The Quakers then slotted home all five of their penalties and a single miss from Nicky Law's men handed the visitors a 5-3 win on penalties.
Burnley just about managed to avoid a similar fate, as they triumphed on spot-kicks to see-off a brave Chesterfield challenge and overcome The Spireites 3-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
Cardiff made no mistake at home to Division Three side Leyton Orient, thanks to a hat-trick from prolific marksman Robert Earnshaw.
The Welshman struck on 39,40 and 55 minutes to virtually seal the game, along with Andy Campbell's fourth, with Orient having just Jabo Ibehre's late goal to show for their efforts.
Last year's semi-finalists Sheffield United were made to fight tooth and nail to get into the Second Round and needed a late penalty to dispose of plucky Macclesfield.
With The Silkmen well on top Jack Lester grabbed a goal against the run of play, but for the hosts to deservedly level through Danny Whitaker, before Lester grabbed his second from the spot late on to send a relieved Blades side through.
Doncaster produced one of the displays of the night as they came from 2-0 down to dump nine-man Grimsby Town out of the cup with a thrilling 3-2 victory.
Trailing from goals by Stuart Campbell and Iain Anderson, Rovers came powering back with strikes from Leo Fortune-West, Paul Barnes and Gregg Blundell to heap more misery on The Mariners, who also had Des Hamilton and Marcel Cas dismissed.
Cambridge United were eyeing a shock at the Abbey Stadium, as they led Division One side Gillingham by a Justin Walker goal going into the final 20 minutes, only for Andy Hessenthaler's men to come back through John Hills and Nayron Nosworthy to edge through 2-1.
QPR also left it late after falling behind to an early Grant McCann goal at Cheltenham, with Gareth Ainsworth levelling and Richard Langley grabbing the winner just four minutes from time for Rangers, who had Paul Furlong sent off.
Football League newcomers Yeovil Town were taught a lesson by Division Two side Luton Town, as they went down to a 4-1 defeat at Kenilworth Road.
Kevin Foley, Tony Thorpe, Courtney Pitt and Steve Howard all netted for The Hatters while The Glovers only got on the scoresheet with an Emmerson Boyce own goal.
Colchester United battled through into the next round with a 2-1 home win over Plymouth, thanks to goals from Craig Fagan and Thomas Pinault, with Mick Evans replaying for the visiting Pilgrims.
Crewe had a relatively comfortable passage into the Second Round as a Dean Ashton penalty and a late goal from Steve Jones gave the home side a 2-0 win over Wrexham at Gresty Road.
A Scott Taylor double was enough for Steve McMahon's Blackpool to see off Barnsley 2-1, with a Dean Gorre penalty making life uncomfortable for The Seasiders just after the hour.
Chris McPhee's 49th minute strike was enough for Brighton as they made it through to the Second Round with a 1-0 win at Bristol Rovers, while Stuart Barlow performed the same trick for Stockport County as they put out Lincoln City at Sincil Bank.
Barnsley v Blackpool
Bradford v Darlington
Bristol Rovers v Brighton
Cambridge v Gillingham
Cardiff v Leyton Orient
Cheltenham v QPR
Chesterfield v Burnley
Colchester v Plymouth
Crewe v Wrexham
Doncaster v Grimsby
Huddersfield v Derby
Lincoln v Stockport
Luton v Yeovil
Macclesfield v Sheffield United
Millwall v Oxford