FA Cup Round-Up
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mansfield secured a passage into the FA Cup third round with a 3-0 win over Grays.
Mansfield secured a passage into the FA Cup third round with a 3-0 win over Grays Athletic at Field Mill.
Although The Stags ran out comfortable winners the match turned on two contentious awards by referee Trevor Kettle which left visiting manager Mark Stimpson steaming.
Richie Barker's 13th minute header earned the home side a 13th minute leader before Kettle inexplicably reduced the visitors to ten men - dismissing Adam Sambrook for a foul on Adam Rundle.
The infringement warranted no more than a caution but to the disbelief of much of Field Mill Kettle produced a straight red.
Mansfield doubled their lead three minutes before half time and once more were the beneficiaries of a poor refereeing decision.
Adam Birchall fell under the innocuous challenge of Stuart Thurgood and despite Kettle ordering a retake Barker dispatched the penalty in confident fashion.
Despite putting up a fight Grays conceded a late third when Birchall celebrated his 21st birthday by scoring from a close-range header.
Port Vale and Bristol Rovers must do it all again after Leon Constantine's late leveller at Vale Park forced a replay.
After a goalless first half at Vale Park visiting midfielder Ali Gibb earned Rovers a surprise 55th minute lead.
Paul Trollope's side appeared to be heading into the third round, and a potentially lucrative draw, before Constantine struck to ensure a 1-1 draw.