Upsets are not infrequent in FA Cup Competitions but normally, if the lower ranked side does not win on their own ground, then they do not win at all.

But Andover bucked the trend at the Cuthbury when, despite going a goal down, they came back with a superb second half performance to win by two goals to one and earn a home tie with Bristol based Cadbury Heath in the next round.

The visitors were forced to make two changes from Saturday’s three all draw with Aaron Nesbeth replacing the suspended Connor Cocklin in midfield and Jason Silver coming in for the not fully fit Zach Glasspool up front.

On a pleasant evening Andover kicked off up the slope with Silver’s pace winning an early corner before Wimborne created the first chance of the evening but Luke Holmes was too high.

Silver and Rusher were causing the home defence some problems but it was Wimborne who looked the more dangerous with Stefan Penny finding a lot of space on the left flank and after he had fired straight at keeper Lloyd Thomas the visitors escaped when a Thomas clearance struck the oncoming Cann and bounced to safety.

This was a good spell for the Southern League side and they gained their reward after twenty minutes with the initial move coming from the right with Toby Holmes’s low diagonal cross splitting the defence to leave Cann a simple finish at the far post.

Toby Holmes – a hat trick on Saturday – was then thwarted once by Thomas before rounding the keeper and inexplicably putting the ball over the bar.

The Magpies did get the ball in the net again but the flag had already signalled offside and though Silver tested home keeper Benfield the visitors were probably relieved to hear the halftime whistle.

Anyone who dallied over their half time tea and missed the start of the second half also missed the equaliser as Andover immediately took the game to their opponents.

A long run and cross from Mike Gosney found Silver in the box, the challenge was rash and Gosney coolly stroked home the resulting penalty. Within ten minutes the visitors turned the game on its head as the home defence made a total hash of a long clearance and Silver lobbed the ball over the advancing Benfield.

Wimborne now abandoned trying to free the long striding Holmes, who had been a constant source of danger in the first tie, in favour of pumping the ball into the area at every opportunity and although this caused one or two goalmouth chances it is difficult to recall a clear cut chance being created.

Joe Wright was booked for a challenge, with the attitude of one or two of the home players bringing little credit to them or their Club, but with the two Liams, Hibberd and Gilbert, largely dominating midfield and the back three holding firm Thomas was rarely seriously troubled apart from one brave save at the near post.

The home side threw on all three substitutes but twice wasted free kicks from dangerous positions as their desperation grew but all to no avail. Four minutes added time made no difference and it was the blue shirted visitors who celebrated at the final whistle.

This was a first class performance by Andover and credit to the management team and players for changing the system for the evening and making it work - with effort from all and no little skill. The change largely nullified the dangerous Holmes and Wimborne seemed to have very little in the way of alternative options.

For Andover the Magpies nest had a Silver lining by the end of the evening.