Seagulls held by FC United

Ashton kept out Elliott Bennett’s spot-kick deep in stoppage-time

at the Withdean Stadium on Saturday to ensure the Evo-Stik Premier

Division outfit will be in the draw for the third round. The

visitors shocked the League One leaders when midfielder Nicky Platt

drove them ahead six minutes before the break. FC United had

defender Scott McManus sent off for an elbow on substitute Gary

Hart in the 69th minute and held out until Mauricio Taricco

levelled with a header which went in via a deflection off

substitute Francisco Sandaza. Brighton could have won it in the

fifth minute of stoppage time when Karl Munroe brought down

Sandaza, but Bennett’s spot-kick was brilliantly saved by keeper

Ashton diving to his right. Ashton played a vital role in his

side’s gallant display by pulling off four superb saves before

Platt’s opener.