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Looking forward to The FACup First Round

04 November 2014

Exactly half have been drawn at home, with real ‘minnows’ Warrington Town at home to Exeter City and Norton United at home to Gateshead. The two clubs playing at home, will give their supporters a special treat and will become the nation’s favourites as they battle to make even more history in the famous competition.

It’s not so long ago that Havant & Waterlooville scored twice at Liverpool in a Third Round tie, but this time they are at home to Preston North End, another famous Lancashire club. While two very famous non-league cup fighters will meet when Blyth Spartans entertain Altrincham.

A West Midland ‘derby’ will take Worcester City to Coventry City while Bromley and Dartford, two famous Kent clubs, will relish an FA Cup battle and Hampshire will host a special cup meeting between Portsmouth and Aldershot Town

Two clubs who have enjoyed a good start to the season are Stevenage and Maidstone United. They both have good non-league memories to go with their past financial problems which are now behind them. Two more clubs near the top of their respective leagues are Barnet and Wycombe Wanderers and both have memories of many top level non-league meetings in the past.

Non-League Clubs at home, and if on form, are capable of claiming a scalp are:-

Forest Green Rovers v Scunthorpe United
Grimsby Town v Oxford United
FC Halifax Town v Bradford PA
Barnet v Wycombe Wanderers

The draw has made sure that Non-League football will have at least five clubs in the Second Round draw as these fixtures show:-
Eastleigh v Lincoln City
Basingstoke Town v AFC Telford United
Bromley v Dartford
Norton United v Gateshead
Wrexham v Woking

But which surprise result will be hitting the headlines ?
Home League clubs that could be under pressure if their attitude isn’t right, are:-
Tranmere Rovers v Bristol Rovers
Plymouth Argyle v AFC Fylde
Mansfield Town v Concord Rangers
Dagenham & Redbridge v Southport

The First Round of The FA Cup is very special.

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