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Review of FA Cup Round One Action

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Some people may wonder why I am only posting this now but if truth be told the FA Cup 1st round has only just finished. So we are going to look back at the 10 games that I picked out on Friday.

The biggest upset was on Saturday when Swindon Town visited Cheshire and face Macclesfield Town. An upset was forseeable but nobody saw a 4-0 score line being the result. Goals from Connor Jennings (2), Scott Boden and Peter Winn saw them put a massive upset at Mose Road.

Stourbridge will be representing the Dudley Borough in the second round with a trip to Stevenage after they hammered Biggleswade with a 4-1 win at home. Two goals from the on loan Ryan Rowe and one each from Will Richards and Luke Benbow put the Glassboys through. While Evan Key scored for Biggleswade which made it 1-1 at one point.

 

Hednesford Town pushed Crawley Town all the way at Keys Park. After a goalless first half The Pitmen captain Darren Campion netted an own goal to give Crawley the lead before Elliot Durrell equalized from the spot but with just minutes to go sub Emilie Sinclair scored the winner put the Surry side level.

 

Edger Davids took his Barnet side to Lancashire to face Preston North End, but against one of the top 4 teams in league one they came unstuck as the Lilywhites ran rampant winning 6-0.

Goals from Tom Clarke, Joe Garner two and a half hat-trick from Paul Gallagher won the Lilywhites the game who also had Stuart Beavon sent off. While the Bees lost Keanu Marsh-Brown to a 12th minute red card.

 

Daventry’s big day out at Chesterfield didn’t end too badly as they took a creditable 2-0 defeat.

It took over an hour for the hosts to find the back of the net with Gary Roberts scoring on 69 minutes and Jimmy Ryan on 88 minutes. As the Northamptonshire side enjoyed their day in the limelight.

 

Halifax Town were knocked out of this seasons competition losing 4-1 at MK Dons. MK won the game with goals from a Izale Mcleod brace, a penalty from Shaun Williams and Brendon Galloway. While Lee Gregory scored the goal for the visitors.

 

Bishop Stortford lost 2-1 to Northampton in front of the TV cameras on Sunday. It took until the hour mark for the Cobblers to break through with Danny Emerton scoring for the visitors before Luke Norris made it 2-0 for the Football League side. The Storts got a goal back through Reece Prestedge but it wasn’t enough to force a replay.

 

In the all Skrill Premier clash it was Wrexham who came out onto of Alfreton by winning 3-1.

A brace from Andy Bishop put the Red Dragons ahead before Jake Speight scored from the spot just after the hour mark. But Jay Harris made it 3-1 to kill off anymore fight backs from Alfreton.

 

Gloucester City went out of Saturdays competition losing 2-0 at home to League Two leaders Fleetwood Town.

Goals either end of the game from David Ball (11 minutes) and Jon Parkin (84 minutes) put the Cod Army though to the second round of the competition.

 

The final of our top 10 games was Shortwood United playing Port Vale in front of the BT Cameras as Vale ran out 4-0 winners.

The Vale went ahead on 15 minutes through Jennison Myrie-Williams and on 30 minutes Vale went 2-0 with Chris Birchall making it 2-0. It stayed that way until the end when on 89 minutes Williams scored from the spot, before Chris Lines it 4-0 on 90 minutes.

The Vale team had to use a local park and ride to get to the ground due to no car park being at the ground.

Watch highlights of the game here.

There were other shocks including Tamworth beating Cheltenham 1-0 at The Lamb but there were impressive wins for Kidderminster Harriers, Dover and Welling (who knocked out Luton who made last seasons 5th round.) While Gateshead, Grimsby and Lincoln City all have replays against Football League sides.

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The Magic of the FA Cup 10 games to look out for.

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The Magic of the FA Cup returns this week and this is when it gets really serious. (Well for the national media does anyway.) League One and Two teams come into the draw now and it has produced some fantastic ties here are out top 10 games coming up in the FA Cup.

How TV bosses over looked Daventry visit to Chesterfield as a possible cup upset I will never know. One of the lowest ranked teams playing at the Procat stadium, Chesterfield.

It is just full of cup upsets however I am sure the Northamptonshire club fans will enjoy their trip to Derbyshire in what will be a little cracker and who knows an upset could be on the cards there.

One game that could be an upset and is on TV is Bishop Storford welcoming Northampton Town to ProKit UK stadium. The Skrill South side that are famous for being placed in the Conference North a few seasons ago will enjoy hosting Northampton live on TV.

The Cobbles sit at the foot of the Football League and with the Storts 3rd in the Skrill South there is every chance of a famous upset coming from Hertfordshire.

Another game that can see a possible upset is Hednesford v Crawley Town , which is one of the games that has extended highlights on ITV. The Pitmen sit top of the Skrill North despite only being promoted last season and look a good bet to keep on their good form and win the promotion.

In Crawley Town they welcome a team no stranger to an FA Cup run themselves having made the 5th round to visit Manchester United but lost 1-0. Crawley Town, formerly of the Southern League and rivals of The Pitmen, sit 13th in League One and could this time they be on a cup upset.

You can see my FA Cup preview on Hednesford below.

Preston North End v Barnet is an interesting tie for me personally. The Bees managed by Edger Davids one of the most well known managers in the world of Non-league.

Ok he may not be at Deepdale as he doesn’t travel far north (which for me is a bit arrogant but that is beside the point.) Preston are in the top four and under Simon Grayson look set to make a return to the Championship next May and I am sure he will be looking forward to welcoming Davids to the Deepdale dugout.

Halifax Town travel to MK Dons in another FA Cup tie. The Skrill Premier side have made a fantastic start to life there and an FA Cup upset will be great for them having dispatched Nuneaton in the last round They Shaymen will be hoping to have another cup upset and get themselves on TV.

While MK Dons, the club forced AFC Wimbledon to be form, sit 8th in League One and while they expect for it to be a formality for them to progress into Sunday’s draw.

Monday’s FA Cup tie see Shortwood United welcome League One to Port Vale.

The Wood knocked out former Football League club Aldershot out in the last round and now will be looking to do the same vs Port Vale.

There is the added bonus that Shortwood joint manager Alex Sykes grew up in the area and will be looking to get one over his local club.

The Valiant have been in this place before when they faced Forest Green Rovers at this stage last season so know what to expect from Shortwood.

It is not just league v Non-league Saturday as Stourbridge v Biggleswade face each other on Saturday. The Glassboys will be a little disappointed not to be welcoming a Football League side to the War Memorial Stadium but in welcoming Biggleswade they must be happy in having a chance to progress into Round Two.

While Biggleswade will face their league rivals. The Town sits in mid table ahead of their trip to promotion chasing Stourbridge in a game, which could go either way.

Homeless Gloucester City welcomes Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup. Gloucester homeless since 2007 and the flooding and are soon hoping to return to Meadow Park their home.

Fleetwood Town are look to be getting another promotion as they sit high in League Two. Having won the two legged race with Wrexham in the Conference Premier couple of season ago they haven’t found Football League plain sailing but will hope to going up this time round.

Macclesfield Town vs Swindon is the penultimate fixture we preview. Macc haven’t had a great time this season and after a 7-0 win over Vauxhall Motors in the last round they will be hoping the FA Cup can give them some relief from the league struggle.

Swindon Town offer the Macc a stern test as they sit just outside of the play offs but will Mark Cooper, who last season at time was managing Telford United in the Conference Premier will want a distraction from the League Challenge.

The final game is another all non-league clash as Alfreton Town visit Wrexham as we are set to have at least one Skrill Premier side into the 2nd round and it is a tough one to call who makes it into through.

Wrexham have struggled this season and sit 17th in the league only having won just 5 of their games this season, which has been very disappointing for a team who won the FA Trophy and made the Play Off final last season.

While after a good start to the season Alfreton sit 9th in the league, wins over the likes of Kidderminster, Forest Green and Woking they should be favorites but this is the FA Cup and anything could happen.

That is just 10 games there are many more which you can see here. We will be you a round up of the FA Cup fixture over the weekend.

Matchday 6 Skrill Premier Preview

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Another set of fixtures for the teams of the Skrill Premier as we enter the end of the first month of the season and there is only one place to start in this week’s preview.

This Saturday sees the return of the cross boarder derby as winless Chester make the trip to the Racecourse to face fierce rivals Wrexham. The game has been made a bubble game and a 1pm kick off with the expectation of trouble is rather high. But on the pitch we will have a great game as Chester look to pick up their first points of the season. The Blues have added Danny Higginbotham to their ranks arriving from Sheffield United. While Wrexham have not had a great start to the season picking up 5 points from 5 games a win, 2 draws and a 2 losses leaving last season’s play-off finalist Wrexham sitting 16th. The one win coming on the opening day as they beat Welling 2-1 at home.

In fact Chester could be sitting bottom of the league come 5pm on Saturday. If they lose then Aldershot could in fact over take them should they win at Southport fc. Aldershot have clawed back their 10 points deduction landed them on at the start of the season and if they were handed their points deduction they would be sitting 14th in table. Weekends results saw a 1-0 loss to Salisbury and a 2-1 win over Woking. Meanwhile the Sandgrounders have had an enjoyable start under Alan Wright sitting 9th in the table after sitting top after 2 games with wins by the odd goal against Luton and Hyde. Their Bank Holiday weekend was a mixed one with a 2-1 win over Gateshead at home before a 1-0 defeat to Halifax on the Monday. But so far are proving doubters as many tipped them to finish at the wrong end of the table.

Following Monday’s round of fixtures we have a new league leader as Barnet now sit at the top of the Skrill Premier only by a goal difference of +1. A 3-0 win for the Bees away at Braintree Town put the Bees flying high. They welcome Hyde FC to the Hive this Saturday. The Tigers will be hoping they will not be stung by the Bees as they look for their first win of the new season. The Tameside club have so far picked up two points with a draws against Wrexham and Hereford both 2-2. They currently sit 21st in TSP.

The team Barnet knocked off the top of the table was Cambridge United. The Us were held to a 0-0 draw away at Luton Town following a 1-0 win over Lincoln City on the Saturday with Luke Berry scoring the only goal of the game. The visitors to Abbey Stadium is Staffordshire side Tamworth. Dale Belford’s side 17th in the Skrill Premier with 5 points to their name which has record similar to Wrexham. The one win came against Sailsbury away with Wayne Thomas scoring the only goal of the game to give the Lambs the three points.

Another clash of the titans comes at Aggborough as Luton Town are the visitors. Both teams have had an indifferent start to the season. Steve Burr’s Kidderminster have had three wins and 2 losses in the first five games. The three wins came against Gateshead (3-1), Braintree (1-0) and Chester (3-1). While the two losses came against Nuneaton on Monday (2-1) and Alferton (3-1) on day two of the season. Despite not picking up any points in the latter two games I am sure Harriers fans will be happy with their side’s start compared to the last one. While John Still’s Luton will be looking to break the sequence of 2 0-0 draws with came against Forest Green and Cambridge United. The Hatters faithful will be hoping that a win against Kidderminster will kick start their season and normal service will be resumed in making it to the Play-offs.

It is the battle of the last season step 2 play-off winners as Halifax make the long trip to play Salisbury fc at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. Halifax have made a really great start to the season and sit 6th in the league table. Over the bank holiday weekend the Shay men picked up points with a 2-2 draw away at Macclesfield Town. Before a 1-0 win over Southport on the Monday with Kevin Holsgrove scoring the winner for the Yorkshire side four minutes from time. While for Salisbury they sit 19th in the league with 4 points. One of those points came Monday with a 0-0 draw with Welling United. The other three came on the Saturday against Aldershot who they beat 1-0. The Whites fans will be hoping that Mikey Harris and the team and continue this good form.

Fourth welcome third in Skrill Premier at Blundell Park as Nuneaton make the trip to Grimsby. Nuneaton are one of the surprised teams who have made a great start to the season. The Boro took four points at the weekend with a 1-1 draw at Barnet fc before beating local rivals Kidderminster 2-1 at home. A trip to Grimsby will be tough for the Warickshire side as Rob Scott’s side will be looking to make up for the disappointment of missing out on the play-off final last season. Grimsby took six points over Bank Holiday with a 3-1 win over Alferton on the Saturday. Before beating Hyde 1-0 in the late kick off which was broadcasted on BT Sport. Nuneaton sit just one point ahead of Grimsby having drawn one more game then their Saturday hosts.

Another team expected to be challenging at the top of the table come April is Forest Green Rovers. FGR have started brightly to the season with two wins and two draws as well as finding the back of the net 12 times in five games giving them a goals to game ratio of 2.4 goals per game. The Bank Holiday fixtures saw them draw 0-0 with fellow big spenders Luton Town. Before a win away to winless Chester at the Deva stadium. Danny Wright and Matthew Barnes-Homer the scorers for the Rovers. Alferton have made a decent start to the season with 3 wins already including beating favorites Kidderminster on day 2 of the season. However the Bank Holiday saw them lose their second game of the season 3-1 away to Grimsby. But made up for it with a 2-1 win at home to former Football League side Hereford United. Nicky Law’s Reds will be hoping to keep up their start to the season as we look to enter September.

It may still be August but Lincoln City fans will no doubt be happy with their start to the season following last season battle to survive. The Imps make the long trip down south to face Dartford, who impressed many in their first season as a conference side. The Darts have had a sluggish start to the season winning 2 games and losing 3. Meaning manager Tony Burman has come under a tad bit of criticism and will find it tough against Lincoln who expect to have 500 or so fans make the long trip to Kent for tomorrow’s game. Both teams picked up 3 points over the Bank Holiday. Dartford lost 2-0 at home to Braintree before beating Tamworth 2-0 in Staffordshire. While Lincoln lost 1-0 to league Leaders at the time Cambridge before beating Wrexham 2-0.

Macclesfield Town have had a poor start to the season sitting 20th ahead of the visit of Braintree Town to Moss Road. The Macc have only secured 3 points this season with 3 draws and are still waiting for their first win of the campaign. A 2-2 draw with Halifax on Saturday before a draw at Gateshead by the same score line has left the Cheshire based club just dangerously at the wrong end of the table. While Braintree sit in mid-table (13th) with 7 points- two wins and a draw. The Weekend double header got off to a good start with a 2-0 win over Dartford at Princes Park before losing 3-0 at home to Barnet which sent the visitors to the summit of the Skrill Premier table. Alan Devonshire’s side will be hoping to improve on last season’s 9th place finish.
Hereford United welcome Welling United to Edger Street in the battle of the United’s on Saturday. Following money problems last season the Bulls will be hoping to put them behind them and have a successful season in their bid to return to the Football League. Hereford sit 12th in the table level on points with visitors Welling on 8 points. The Wings were promoted as champions from the Blue Square South last season and have adapted well to life in the Skrill Premier. With 2 wins and 2 draws. Last Saturday saw them beat fellow Woking 4-2 away from home before being held to a 0-0 draw with fellow promoted BSS side Salisbury 0-0. While for the Bulls they enjoyed a 1-0 win over Tamworth before losing 2-1 at Alferton on the Monday.

The final game in the Skrill Premier sees Woking take on Gateshead. Woking sit in the wrong half of the table in 18th place with one win and a draw. While the Northern club sit 22nd with just one point to their name. After Ant Smith resigned as boss last week Gateshead picked up their first point of the season a 2-2 draw with Macclesfield on Monday under caretaker manager David Rush following a 2-1 loss at Southport on the Saturday. While for Woking they were to lose both games over the weekend first a 4-2 loss at home to Welling before being beaten 2-1 at Aldershot Town.

We will have a full round up to Saturday’s fixtures on the website over the course after Saturday’s fixtures are played.