Lincoln and Sutton spring FA Cup surprises

Ipswich Town's Cole Skuse in action with Lincoln City's Alex Woodyard.
Ipswich Town's Cole Skuse in action with Lincoln City's Alex Woodyard.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Minor League sides Lincoln City and Sutton United produced FA Cup upsets with victories over two former winners of the competition on Tuesday (Jan 17) to reach the fourth round.

National League (fifth-tier) leaders Lincoln dominated Championship side Ipswich Town in their replay at a packed Sincil Bank and were rewarded in stoppage time when Nathan Arnold rounded goalkeeper Dean Gerken to score.

Sutton, who put out then top-flight Coventry City in 1989, came from a goal down to beat 10-man Wimbledon 3-1 away.

Tom Elliott gave Wimbledon an early lead but Paul Robinson was sent off soon after and Sutton's pressure paid off as Roarie Deacon equalisws in the 75th before late goals by Maxime Biamou and Dean Fitchett earned Sutton a home tie with Leeds United.

Lincoln will host Brighton & Hove Albion in round four - their first journey to that stage since former England manager Graham Taylor - whose sudden death last week was marked by a moving pre-match tribute on Tuesday - took them there in 1976.

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke delivered Sam Allardyce's first victory as the south London club's manager when he came off the bench to score both goals as they recovered from a goal down to win 2-1 at home to Bolton Wanderers.

Former England boss Allardyce was staring at an embarrassing defeat against the third-tier club he once managed but Benteke scored in the 68th and 77th minutes to turn the tie around and set up a home clash with Manchester City.

Burnley won an all Premier League clash against Sunderland 2-0 while Bristol City beat Fleetwood Town 1-0 away.

Burnley host Bristol City in round four.