It was a good night for npower League 2 sides as no fewer than six teams from that division knocked out higher league opposition in Round 1 of the Carling Cup.

A goal in each half from Emile Sinclair gave Macclesfield Town a 2-0 win at Hull City in one of the shocks of the round.

Sinclair struck after 17 minutes and put the tie beyond their Championship hosts with a second after 59 minutes.

Morecambe were also winners by the same scoreline away to Championship opposition. Danny Carlton gave Morecambe the lead after 49 minutes and Kevin Ellison rounded off a great result with the second four minutes from time to thoroughly spoil Keith Hill's first match in charge at Oakwell.

Two goals on your travels and success over a team two divisions above you was very much the done thing on Tuesday and Northampton Town, last season's giant killers, gained some form of revenge over Ipswich Town by knocking them out at the first hurdle.

The Cobblers run in the competition was ended at Portman Road last season having knocked Brighton & Hove Albion, Reading and Liverpool out of the competition however they added another notable win to their CV with a 2-1 victory over the Tractor Boys.

Gary Johnson's side fell behind to Jay Emmanuel-Thomas' 11th minute opener however Ben Tozer levelled six minutes before the break and Paul Turnbull grabbed the winner with his first for the club in the 54th minute.

Barnet only needed one goal to see off Portsmouth on their own patch with a 1-0 away win. Mark Hughes' goal after half an hour proved the difference between the two teams at Fratton Park.

Shrewsbury Town held off a strong Derby County comeback to knock out the Rams 3-2 at Pride Park.

The Shrews got off to a flying start and led 3-0 after 37 minutes. Marvin Morgan gave them a shock lead after 16 minutes and two goals in three minutes gave them an unassailable advantage. James Collins doubled the lead after 34 minutes and then Morgan struck again.

The Rams fightback began at the start of the second period when Chris Maguire pulled a goal back on his debut and Theo Robinson scored a second with 12 minutes to go to set up a frantic finale but Graham Turner's side held on to claim a significant win.


There were home wins for Hereford United and Bury, last season's League 2 runners-up, as further teams from higher up the pyramid departed the Carling Cup.

The Bulls were 1-0 winners over Uwe Rosler's Brentford thanks to a Yoann Arquin winner two minutes into time added on at the end of the second period.

The Bees, along with Northampton, were one of the competition's giant killers last season however they bowed out in the first round for the seventh time in eight seasons.

Bury came from a goal down to beat Coventry City 3-1 at Gigg Lane. Roy O'Donovan headed the Sky Blues into lead midway through the first half although the hosts were soon level through Andy Bishop.

Ryan Lowe added second half goals in 75th and 88th minutes to book the Shakers' place in Round 2 and seal a big win for Richie Barker's side.