West Ham squeezes past non league Stockport in FA Cup

West Ham's Craig Dawson, centre, scores his side's opening goal during the English FA Cup third round soccer match between Stockport County and West Ham United. (Martin Rickett/AP)

STOCKPORT, England -- West Ham staved off potential embarrassment in the FA Cup by scoring an 83rd-minute goal to see off non-league Stockport 1-0 in the third round on Monday.

A game that was briefly paused in the 15th minute because of a fireworks display near Edgeley Park failed to light up as West Ham struggled to cope with a cut-up, boggy field and driving rain against an opponent from the fifth tier.

It was left for Craig Dawson to save the visitors as the game approached a period of extra time, the centre back timing his late run into the penalty area to perfection to meet an inswinging cross by Jarrod Bowen and head the ball into the bottom corner.

It earned West Ham a home match against third-tier Doncaster in the fourth round.

Stockport was looking to follow fellow non-league team Chorley, which eliminated second-tier Derby on Saturday, in humiliating a side from the leading divisions, and included John Rooney -- the brother of Derby manager and former Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney -- in its lineup.

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