Non-league Cambridge City held out against MK Dons to secure a famous draw and a first-round replay at Stadium MK.

Ryan Lowe saw his header cleared off the line and the MK striker should have done better when he later shot over.

City, despite rarely seeing the ball, created chances for Craig Hammond but both efforts found the keeper.

Stephen Gleeson rattled one post with a header before Luke Chadwick struck the other with a drive. But the Southern Premier League side hung on.

With 102 places between the teams on the football pyramid it was no surprise to see the League One Dons dominate possession from the start.

Hammond, who has 17 goals this season, almost supplied an early shock for the Lilywhites, finding space before launching a shot straight at David Martin.

But the hosts had to chase the ball from that point onwards, with Lowe in particular squandering numerous chances to make the visitors' domination count.

Cambridge's centre-half pairing of Lee Chaffey and Dave Theobald personified their side's determination, blocking and clearing almost everything thrown at them.

And when they were beaten, keeper Zac Barrett was on hand to produce a series of memorable stops, including a sublime fingertip save from Lowe.

It was enough to see City through to full-time and earn them not only a pay day in Milton Keynes in 10 days' time, but arguably the greatest result in the club's 104-year history.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Cambridge City

  • 01 Barrett
  • 02 Pepper
  • 03 Brighton
  • 04 Theobald
  • 05 Chaffey
  • 06 Cambridge
  • 07 Luke Allen
  • 08 Prada
  • 11 Abbs (Marriott - 60' )
  • 09 Craig Hammond
  • 10 Bryant (Lester - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 18 Ordonez
  • 16 Death
  • 14 Nightingale
  • 17 Stynes
  • 12 Midgley
  • 15 Lester
  • 19 Marriott

MK Dons

  • 01 Martin
  • 02 Otsemobor
  • 03 Lewington
  • 12 Chicksen
  • 24 Kay
  • 06 Williams
  • 07 Gleeson
  • 08 Potter
  • 23 O'Shea (Ali - 64' )
  • 26 Chadwick (Smith - 86' )
  • 14 Lowe

Substitutes

  • 16 McLoughlin
  • 04 Doumbe
  • 11 Smith
  • 21 Ali
  • 22 Galloway
  • 30 Hickford
  • 31 Rasulo
Ref: Adcock
Att: 1,564

Match Stats

Shots

7 37

On target

5 19

Corners

3 13

Fouls

3 4

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:01 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:31

The ball is delivered by Dean Lewington, blocked by Christian Lester. Long range effort by Stephen Gleeson goes wide right of the target.

88:24

The ball is delivered by Dean Lewington, Ryan Lowe takes a shot. Zac Barrett makes a save. Corner taken by Shaun Williams played to the near post, Alan Smith has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

86:37

Adam Chicksen delivers the ball, Headed effort on goal by Ryan Lowe from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

86:10

The ball is swung over by Adam Chicksen, clearance by Lee Chaffey.

85:39 Substitution

Substitution Luke Chadwick goes off and Alan Smith comes on.

83:10

Luke Chadwick has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area that bounces off the post.

82:30

Shaun Williams takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Lee Chaffey makes a clearance.

81:59

Lee Chaffey takes a shot. Clearance by Antony Kay. Dele Ali takes a shot. Zac Barrett makes a save.

81:32

Adam Chicksen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Marriott. Free kick taken by Adam Marriott. The ball is swung over by Adie Cambridge.

81:08

Corner taken by Adie Cambridge from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Shaun Williams.

79:56

Dean Lewington takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

78:24 Substitution

Substitution (Cambridge City) makes a substitution, with Christian Lester coming on for Mitchell Bryant.

77:30

The ball is delivered by Luke Chadwick, Adie Cambridge makes a clearance. Antony Kay takes a shot. Save by Zac Barrett.

76:12

Stephen Gleeson produces a cross, clearance by Dave Theobald. Stephen Gleeson crosses the ball, Lee Chaffey manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Shaun Williams, clearance by Lee Chaffey.

74:21

Luke Chadwick sends in a cross, Stephen Gleeson takes a shot. Zac Barrett makes a save.

73:40

Corner from the right by-line taken by Shaun Williams, save by Zac Barrett.

73:04

The ball is sent over by Adam Chicksen, Stephen Gleeson has a headed effort at goal from close in that bounces off the post.

70:49

Foul by Mitchell Bryant on Darren Potter, free kick awarded. Antony Kay takes the free kick.

69:20

Craig Hammond has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

67:44

Effort from just outside the area by Dele Ali goes over the target.

67:16

Luke Chadwick takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Chaffey.

64:42

Darren Potter takes a shot. Lee Chaffey gets a block in.

63:46 Substitution

Substitution Dele Ali is brought on as a substitute for James O'Shea.

62:55

Ryan Lowe takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Chaffey. Ryan Lowe takes a shot. Save by Zac Barrett.

62:08

Corner taken by Adie Cambridge from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Dean Lewington. The ball is crossed by Adie Cambridge, David Martin makes a save.

61:49

Mitchell Bryant takes a shot. Blocked by Antony Kay.

61:09

James O'Shea delivers the ball, Ryan Lowe takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Chaffey.

59:58

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Adie Cambridge, Antony Kay makes a clearance.

59:58 Substitution

Substitution Adam Marriott replaces Joey Abbs.

59:37

Luke Allen takes a shot. Save made by David Martin.

58:58

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James O'Shea from the left by-line.

58:44

The ball is crossed by James O'Shea, Tom Pepper manages to make a clearance.

58:15

The ball is swung over by Adam Chicksen, clearance made by Lee Chaffey.

57:20

Shaun Williams takes a shot from 30 yards. Save made by Zac Barrett.

56:56

Centre by Ryan Lowe, clearance by Adie Cambridge.

55:49

Effort on goal by James O'Shea from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

55:31

Luke Chadwick produces a cross, David Prada gets a block in.

54:51

Adam Chicksen takes a shot. Dave Theobald gets a block in.

54:00

Jon Otsemobor produces a cross, save made by Zac Barrett.

53:28

Adam Chicksen produces a cross, Dave Theobald makes a clearance.

50:46

The ball is crossed by James O'Shea, Adam Chicksen takes a shot. Zac Barrett makes a save.

49:50

Luke Chadwick produces a cross, clearance by Adie Cambridge. Darren Potter takes a shot. Lee Chaffey gets a block in. Stephen Gleeson takes a shot. Save made by Zac Barrett.

49:14

Mitchell Bryant is penalised for a handball. Shaun Williams restarts play with the free kick.

47:33

The ball is sent over by Adam Chicksen, Adie Cambridge manages to make a clearance.

45:48

Effort from the edge of the box by James O'Shea goes wide of the right-hand upright.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:55

Luke Chadwick crosses the ball, Dave Theobald makes a clearance.

43:14

Centre by Adam Chicksen, Lee Chaffey makes a clearance. Ryan Lowe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Prada. Zac Barrett takes the free kick.

42:13

Ryan Lowe has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

41:35

Tom Pepper delivers the ball.

40:52

The ball is crossed by Adam Chicksen, Darren Potter has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

39:51

Adam Chicksen produces a cross, Tom Pepper gets a block in. James O'Shea takes the inswinging corner, Craig Hammond manages to make a clearance.

37:00

Headed effort on goal by Joey Abbs from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

35:59

Foul by Jon Otsemobor on Luke Allen, free kick awarded. James Brighton crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.

35:24

Corner taken by James O'Shea, clearance made by Mitchell Bryant.

35:05

Stephen Gleeson takes a shot. Lee Chaffey gets a block in.

34:30

Adam Chicksen sends in a cross, Adie Cambridge gets a block in.

31:02

David Prada takes a shot. Blocked by Antony Kay.

29:20

James O'Shea produces a cross, Tom Pepper gets a block in. A cross is delivered by Stephen Gleeson, Lee Chaffey manages to make a clearance. The ball is crossed by Shaun Williams, Dave Theobald makes a clearance.

29:03

James O'Shea decides to take a short corner.

27:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Pepper on Adam Chicksen. Free kick crossed by Shaun Williams, save by Zac Barrett.

26:37

Shot from outside the area by James O'Shea misses to the left of the target.

25:18

Antony Kay takes a shot. Save made by Zac Barrett.

24:05

James O'Shea decides to take a short corner, Dean Lewington sends in a cross, save by Zac Barrett.

23:09

Ryan Lowe has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

21:18

Shot from long distance by Stephen Gleeson goes wide of the left-hand upright.

19:34

Corner taken right-footed by James O'Shea, clearance made by Dave Theobald.

18:40

Shaun Williams takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Antony Kay takes a shot. Save by Zac Barrett.

18:23

Dean Lewington takes a shot. Dave Theobald gets a block in.

18:04

The ball is swung over by Ryan Lowe, Dave Theobald makes a clearance.

17:50

Centre by Jon Otsemobor.

16:43

The ball is swung over by Jon Otsemobor, clearance by Tom Pepper. Shaun Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mitchell Bryant. Free kick taken by David Prada.

15:39

Luke Chadwick takes a shot. Save by Zac Barrett.

13:46

Darren Potter takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Chaffey.

12:18

James O'Shea has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

11:49

Centre by Joey Abbs, clearance by Shaun Williams.

11:13

The ball is sent over by James O'Shea, clearance by Dave Theobald.

10:41

James O'Shea takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Adie Cambridge makes a clearance.

10:24

The ball is crossed by Ryan Lowe, Tom Pepper gets a block in.

9:02

A cross is delivered by Joey Abbs, Antony Kay gets a block in. The ball is crossed by James Brighton.

7:36

The assistant referee flags for offside against Mitchell Bryant. Antony Kay restarts play with the free kick.

6:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antony Kay by Mitchell Bryant. Free kick taken by David Martin.

5:43

Shaun Williams takes a short corner. Effort from just outside the area by Shaun Williams goes over the target.

5:26

Luke Chadwick crosses the ball, Tom Pepper gets a block in.

4:03

Effort from outside the penalty box by James O'Shea goes wide right of the goal.

3:23

Craig Hammond takes a shot. Save by David Martin.

1:37

The offside flag is raised against Craig Hammond. David Martin takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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