The 137th FA Cup is well and truly under way, however some people out there do not even contemplate this great competition until the third round proper. Those people will be tuning in this weekend as it’s FA Cup 3rd round draw time, but not before forty teams battle it out.
Tomorrow the second round begins with AFC Fylde taking on 2013 winners Wigan Athletic live on BBC2. It should be a cracking weekend of games and hopefully just as entertaining as the first round which certainly didn’t disappoint. With seven non-league clubs knocking out higher ranked opposition.
In the 40 first round games there was a total of 133 goals with some truly outstanding finishes and lots and lots of drama. Those teams that got through took one step closer to getting a shot at some of the FA Cup giants out there, like Manchester United. As they are potentially now just 90 minutes away from meeting them if they can win their second round tie, so what can we expect?
Well as mentioned, on the rise AFC Fylde are at home against one of the highest ranked teams currently in the competition in Wigan. Kick off at 7.55pm tonight. The ambitious Lancashire side has been rising through the divisions for ten years now, their dream is league football by 2022 but of course an FA Cup run and a tie against the big boys is in everybody’s dream.
Notts County are another going well under new manager Kevin Nolan, however two years ago they lost to lower league opposition in Salford City. They then will have to be weary of sixth tier Oxford City.
In total there are ten non league teams left in the competition this year. Six are from the National League, one from the Conference South and three from the lowly seventh tier and they are Hereford, Leatherhead and Slough Town.
Non-league Slough got drawn at home and are taking on Rochdale, every chance of creating an upset then? Just like Boreham Wood did in the last round as they managed a giant killing against former winners Blackpool. Can they do it again this time against another former winner in Coventry?
Other teams playing in this round are Guiseley who had never reached the second round until now, but after beating Accrington in a penalty shoot out they now play Mansfield town. Leatherhead created a shock by beating the all new dancing Glenn Tamplin Billericay team.
Woking are nearly in the third round again as well, the early 1990’s third round regulars face Peterborough United at home. Other fixtures to keep an eye on are Maidstone away to MK Dons. Gateshead playing at home to high-flying Luton Town. Hereford away at Uwe Rösler’s Fleetwood Town side and finally, a local yorkshire derby with Doncaster taking on Scunthorpe.
The full draw and kick off times though are as follows:
Friday 1st December
AFC Fylde 19:55 Wigan Athletic
Saturday 2nd December
Notts County 12:30 Oxford City
Bradford City 15:00 Plymouth Argyle
Fleetwood Town 15:00 Hereford FC
Forest Green Rovers 15:00 Exeter City
Gillingham 15:00 Carlisle United
Milton Keynes Dons 15:00 Maidstone United
Port Vale 15:00 Yeovil Town
Shrewsbury Town 15:00 Morecambe
Stevenage 15:00 Swindon Town
Sunday 3rd December
AFC Wimbledon 14:00 Charlton Athletic
Blackburn Rovers 14:00 Crewe Alexandra
Coventry City 14:00 Boreham Wood
Doncaster Rovers 14:00 Scunthorpe United
Gateshead 14:00 Luton Town
Mansfield Town 14:00 Guiseley
Newport County AFC 14:00 Cambridge United
Woking 14:00 Peterborough United
Wycombe Wanderers 14:00 Leatherhead
Monday 4th December
Slough 19:45 Rochdale