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Review of FA Cup Round One Action


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.


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


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.

The debate of the League Cup competitions

It has been an argument that has rumbled on for a while now in every league across the Non-league board should clubs play in the leagues cup competitions or should they drop out of them in order to concentrate on the league and FA competitions (Cups, Trophy or Vase).

The first reason why clubs and their fans think the league cup competitions are not needed is that the already eat into the fixture list. With the Northern and Southern Premier Leagues being expanded there isn’t enough weeks to fit in the extra cup games.

North Ferriby United lift the Dodson Sports Cup, The Northern Premier League Cup.  Photo by Jack Harland.

North Ferriby United lift the Dodson Sports Cup, The Northern Premier League Cup.
Photo by Jack Harland.

From the 2013-2014 season there will be 24 teams in the leagues not 22 and will mean and extra four games to fit in to an already busy schedule also with the recent weather being varied and having snow right across the opening Three months of 2013 not much time will be available. It also caused some teams, who forced to be way behind in their fixtures due to no fault of apart from being rather successful in the cup.

For example, Bridgwater Town in the Southern League division South and West had to re-arrange a total of 29 fixtures due to a cup run as well as waterlogged pitches last season. It meant they had a total of 10 games in hand on the teams near them in the division meaning they had an unfair disadvantage then other teams due to the others being able to rest players and allow recovery time from injuries.

Another reason is that the turn out for the League cups is considerably less then what a league game could pull in.

A team in the Northern Premier League Premier Division could quite easily attract a crowd of 400 for a Saturday Match day but when it comes to the League Cup (or even their county cup) it could dip into the 100 mark, which must be a bit demoralizing for players playing in front of crowds less then a 100 when they could easily get over double that for a normal league game.

Despite reducing admission prices say to £5 adults and £3 concessions- clubs are still making a loss because of these poor attendances. Also the staff needed to be paid as well as players and the officials as well as Lighting and Gas. It all soon adds up and when clubs aren’t making much on the gate they are not able to pay their bills.

Also teams are no so worried about their star player picking up an injury and ruling them out for the rest of the season they are playing weakened teams which mean you are paying £5 or more to effectively watch a reserve team play. When many clubs do have one and admission to watch them is at a lot less price.

In defense of the leagues still allowing the competitions to take place, that have to, as it is part of the sponsorship rights. Companies pay good money for their name to be associated with the league.

The name sponsoring the League cup competition is generally big business for the league and so they will want to continue the League cups running to bring in the extra revenue and sponsorship.

The Southern Premier League is starting to take notice of what fans and clubs are saying and are allowing clubs to opt out of the Red Insure (Southern League) Cup competition. After a motion was passed at the recent AGM.

One team in this Division Stourbridge FC, based 15 miles away from Birmingham, has decided to opt out of the competition for this season.

The following statement was posted on their website this evening:

“At the recent League AGM in Torquay, a motion was passed to allow member clubs to opt out of the League Cup competition in 2013/14.

The club has since decided to withdraw from the cup competition for the forthcoming season due to the increase in the number of teams in the Premier Division in 2013/14 meaning that clubs will play 4 extra league fixtures.

In addition, the associated costs of the competition were taken in consideration, while the club’s geographical position within the current make-up of the Southern League with regards to midweek travel was also taken into account since many of the Midlands based clubs from previous seasons are now competing in different leagues.”

Maybe it was the right idea by the league to allow the opt out of the competitions. Some clubs will be unhappy at this idea, as it is part of league so you have to enter it but for a team like Stourbridge, who could be drawn up against a team like AFC Totten- all the way in Southampton.

Will more leagues follow in the SPL idea? It will only be a matter of time but it is surely one that leagues may consider in the near future as the attendances falls and teams are more and more starting to play weakened teams in the competition to save their stars for the crucial league fixtures. For me personally I am not too fussed if these competitions existed as I am someone who just wants to go an watch games no matter what competition they are in or if it just a friendly with another team.