The FA Cup begins

The FA Cup Second Qualifying Round has been drawn today in partnership with Budweiser and sees Eastleigh take the short trip to Hampshire rivals Farnborough.

Last season saw the Spitfires over come Cinderford Town at the same stage before becoming unstuck at home to Oxford City in the following round. The last time Eastleigh travelled to Farnborough’s Cherrywood Road we secured a convincing 3-1 victory. However, in March Farnborough Town visited the Silverlake and took all the points winning 1-0. The fixture promises to be an exciting tie.

Other mouth watering fixtures include the Essex pairing of rivals Billericay and AFC Hornchurch in the second qualifying round draw. The match will be at Billericay’s New Lodge ground, where the sides drew 1-1 in their Blue Square Bet South meeting a couple of weeks ago.

Dover Athletic will play Tonbridge Angels in another stand out tie with Tommy Warrilow’s side making the short trip south to the Crabble Ground.

Other local ties of interest include AFC Totton taking the long trip to Truro City, Gillingham Town or Taunton against Sholing, North Leigh v Havant & Waterlooville and Basingstoke v Totton & Eling or Weymouth.

The fixtures will be played on September 22, with the winner netting £4,500 in prize money.


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