Football: Enfield Gain a Second Chance

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FOR NON-LEAGUE clubs, the second round of the FA Cup is as tantalising a prospect as a semi-final is for Premiership teams. The bait of a money- spinning tie against Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea, the chance to pit your wits and skills against a Sol Campbell or David Ginola, is there for the taking. And Hayes, Enfield, Ilkeston Town and Rushden & Diamonds will all be in the third-round draw after earning replays.

Enfield of the Ryman Premier added to their lengthy list of achievements against League clubs when they forced a goalless draw against Preston North End at Deepdale. Second Division promotion contenders Preston felt somewhat aggrieved having had two `goals' disallowed and a penalty appeal denied.

Hayes, from the middle of the Nationwide Conference, held Third Division Hull City to a 2-2 draw and will not be overawed by the trip to Boothferry Park. They even gave Hull a start courtesy of Nick Roddis' fourth-minute own goal. But Lee Charles, whose 90th- minute penalty had seen them past Runcorn in the previous round, equalised 17 minutes later. Hayes fell behind again but Charles' 63rd-minute penalty booked a rematch. The award of the spot-kick so enraged Hull's Gary Brabin that he was sent off for foul and abusive language.

There was always going to be at least one non-League side in the third- round draw from the meeting between Ilkeston Town, the Nottinghamshire Dr Martens League side who knocked out Carlisle United in the first round, and Conference contenders Rushden & Diamonds, who had beaten Second Division Scunthorpe in the previous round. …