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Sunday, 27 January 2013

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Bristol Under-7s sadly lost their 4th round tie to Leeds Sunday League Thugs

There were numerous shocks in the fourth round of the FA cup this weekend. One of the biggest surprises came from a team who are not only non-league, but non-English. Newcomers Calais Escargot beat London Team Number 43 by 2-1 to become the first foreign side to reach the fifth round of the prestigious competition. Some questions have been asked of the FA as to how Calais managed to enter the competition in the first place, but it is unlikely they can be disqualified at this stage. Calais will face either Bradford Thursday or Bingley Lunchtime in the next round, depending on who wins their replay. Their first match ended in a technical stalemate when the ball burst.

Another giant-killing came from the only other non-league side to reach the fourth round. Dudley Kippers narrowly won victory over The Northeast by 3-2, despite having a man sent off for wearing a non-regulation kit. Dudley have protested that their mascot Dudley the Kipper is also one of their key players, and that he didn't have time to change before the match. However, the referee took a dim view of an enormous rubber fried fish lunging at the opposition.

There were no surprises that Manchester Conglomerate beat neighbouring Burnley Flatcaps 5-0. Meanwhile London Team Number 5 literally obliterated their opponents Coventry Percy by the same scoreline. Cornwall Town beat Birmingham County by 3-1, while North Southampton beat South Northampton 2-1.

Cup favourites Liverpool Gregory lost to Sheffield Sponsored By McCloud's Supermarket by 2-1, but one of the goals was controversial. The referee, coincidentally also an employee of McCloud's Supermarket, dribbled the ball from the half-way line around three Gregory defenders and booted it into the goal. He later dismissed any criticism, saying that if the ball touches him then play should continue.

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