Non-League Day: Stunning goals, power cuts and spilt chocolate milk

By Adam WilliamsBBC Sport
Ricky Miller heads Dover ahead against Wrexham
Dover Athletic's Ricky Miller heads his side ahead against Wrexham in the National League

There were offers aplenty in the lead up to Non-League Day as clubs up and down the country did their best to tempt fans to their grounds on Saturday.

But, once the day itself arrived, it was action on and off the pitch that had supporters talking.

From stunning 70-yard strikes to an incident involving spilt chocolate milk, BBC Sport brings you five stories you most likely missed.

The Wealdstone Raider's road to Wembley

Non-League Day was given an extra boost this year by coinciding with the FA Cup third qualifying round. Deep in the New Forest, two of the remaining 196 teams met as Brockenhurst faced Wealdstone.

The Badgers, from the Wessex Premier League, were giving away free scarves to the first 40 children through the turnstiles for their tie against National League South opposition.

Visitors Wealdstone brought a healthy following of fans, including YouTube sensation Gordon Hill, AKA The Wealdstone Raider.

Gordon told BBC Radio Solent before kick-off that he would be refraining from using his "you've got no fans" catchphrase as the crowd swelled.

Despite a cracking equaliserexternal-link from the hosts before half-time, The Badgers could not complete a cup giant-killing as Wealdstone's Scott Davies stole the show with a goal from more than 70 yardsexternal-link in a 5-1 victory.

The Brockenhurst Badger and Cliff Pledge
BBC Radio Solent's Cliff Pledge meets the local wildlife at Brockenhurst

Oldest club welcomes healthy crowd

Sheffield FC had every reason to celebrate on Non-League Day. The oldest football club in the world have been in existence since 1857.

For 150 of those years, the club who dub themselves "The World's First" have lived a nomadic existence.

After 15 years playing in Dronfield, North Derbyshire, Sheffield FC are bidding to raise £15m to help fund a move to a new facility back in Olive Grove, where the club started.

Sheffield FC touchline
Sheffield FC are bidding to build a new ground close to where it all started back in 1857

A crowd of more than 300 saw the "home" side come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Loughborough Dynamo in the Northern League First Division South.

The offer a £1 entry for season ticket holders of any Premier League or Football League club appeared to do the business.

BBC Look North reporter James Vincent said his favourite chant of the afternoon was easily: "We're by far the oldest team, the world has ever seen."

Lights out...but the game goes on

National League leaders Forest Green Rovers have had a stunning start to the season with 11 wins from the first 16 games.

Nothing could stop the men from The New Lawn as they put struggling Guiseley to the sword- not even a power cut, which meant the floodlights and scoreboard failed.

Adrian Pennock's side had former Preston and Fleetwood cult hero Jon Parkin to thank for one of their three goals.

The entertainment was clearly enjoyed by around 400 primary school children in the Stroud district, who received free replica shirts from the club.

School children in their replica Forest Green Rovers shirts
A sea of green and black helped roar Forest Green Rovers on to victory

Caretaker boss boosts chances

Eastleigh are still looking for a new manager after Richard Hill resigned last month.

The Spitfires had received applications from the world over, and some from supporters have even gone viral.

Chairman Stewart Donald is set to name Hill's successor next week, but he may not have to look too far beyond caretaker-manager Chris Todd.

Todd, who has had three games in temporary change, earned his second win - 2-1 at high-flying Tranmere.

His goalkeeper Ross Flitney saved Andy Mangan's penalty before James Constable lobbed in a goal for the visitors.

It wasn't a perfect afternoon, though, for the man nicknamed Beano - Constable was sent off in the second half.

No use crying over spilt (chocolate) milk

And finally....

There was an unusual start to the afternoon for Gateshead striker James Marwood against Cheltenham Town.

I think the tweet below tells you all you need to know about his Non-League Day.

James Marwood shirt tweet

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