Two non-league teams in FA Cup last 16

January 30, 2017
Manchester United's Bastin Schweinsteiger (right) celebrates after scoring during the English FA Cup fourth round football match against Wigan Athletic at Old Trafford yesterday. United won 4-0.



The FA Cup threw up its latest heartwarming story line yesterday when Sutton United beat second-tier Leeds 1-0 to ensure there would be two non-league teams in the fifth round for the first time since the 19th century.

Adding a touch more magic on a historic day for the 146-year-old competition was the background of the scorer of the only goal at atmospheric Gander Green Lane.

Jamie Collins works as a builder in his full-time job and here he was getting mobbed by dozens of young Sutton fans in a joyful post-match pitch invasion, having converted a 53rd-minute penalty that saw off one of the grandest names in English football. Sutton, a tiny club from the southwest of London, advanced to the last 16 for the first time.

The latest upset came a day after Lincoln, another team from outside England's four professional leagues, beat second-tier Brighton 3-1 to reach the fifth round for the first time since 1887. It's the first time since the foundation of the Football League in 1888 that two non-league teams have reached this stage of the FA Cup, according to sports data company Opta.

Manchester United powered into the fifth round with a 4-0 win over second-tier Wigan at Old Trafford. Bastian Schweinsteiger was one of United's scorers on a rare runout for the former Germany captain.

Yesterday's results: Sutton 1 Leeds 0; Fulham 4 Hull 1; Millwall 1 Watford 0; Man United 4 Wigan 0.

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