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Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round Preview…..

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The Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round kicks-off on Friday night with three ties and then the bulk of the ties follow 24 hours later and a handful on Sunday.

Hallmark Security League side City of Liverpool will be looking to become the first to cause an upset on Friday when they entertain Evo-Stik League Premier outfit Nantwich Town at Bootle`s Delta Taxis Stadium.

The Purps caused a shock in the last round by hammering Evo-Stik North side Prescot Cables 8-2 in a replay

The other two Friday ties also involve teams sharing grounds as Evo-Stik League South East side Cambridge City take on neighbouring St Neots Town from a division higher at St Ives, while Bostik League Premier Kingstonian host Bostik South newcomers Shoreham, whose only win thus far this season has come in the cup.

Saturday`s ties begin with a 12.30 kick-off at New Lodge where ambitious Bostik Premier side Billericay Town host Evo-Stik League South West outfit Didcot Town which is being shown live on the BBC Sport website.

It really would be an upset if the Railwaymen were to beat a team containing the likes of England full international Paul Konchesky and under-21star Jermaine Pennant amongst others.

Going north to south, potential upsets could come at Cantilever Park where Evo-Stik Premier Warrington Town, who enjoyed a good run a couple of years back which included a live TV appearance, take on Toolstation Northern Counties East Leaguer Grimsby Borough, or at Hallmark Security League Abbey Hey as they host Warrington`s new league rivals Altrincham, who possess the record of knocking out more Football League sides in the competition.

One of the biggest crowds of the day could well be at Wincham Park where NPL Premier side Witton Albion host the very well supported NPL North newcomers and current Buildbase FA Vase holders South Shields.

ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League side Boston Town, who caused a shock in the previous round by knocking out NPL South outfit Carlton Town, now take on Hednesford Town from the NPL Premier at The DWB Stadium.

Another UCL outfit, Division One minnows Potton United, also caused an upset in the Preliminary Round by beating Evo-Stik South East side AFC Dunstable, and their reward is a trip to NPL Premier outfit Rushall Olympic, who come into the game having lost their last two league games, so might be ripe for another shock!

Last season`s West Midlands (Regional) League champions Haughmond, now members of the Midland League Premier Division, suddenly grabbed people`s attention with a win over NPL South Bedworth United in the last round and now take on a Matlock Town outfit from two divisions above.

Haughmond`s new league rivals, Westfields, who also gained television coverage last season, travel to Cambridgeshire to tackle Bostik North side Soham Town Rangers

Tividale, who were relegated from Westfields` division at the end of last season and took a voluntary drop down to the Step 6 West Midlands (Regional) League, face a two-division gap when they host ambitious Evo-Stik South East side AFC Rushden & Diamonds, who knocked out former landlords Wellingborough Town in the Preliminary Round.

Facing a tough task on their 3G are United Counties League Premier outfit Yaxley, who face a Dereham Town side who have won their four opening games in the Bostik North.

The Spartan South Midlands League are assured of at least one representative in the next round as Colney Heath take on Cockfosters, while Essex Senior League outfit Clapton will be looking to turn the clock back to their glory days as they entertain Bostik Premier side Needham Market at the famous Old Spotted Dog Ground.

The Tons have a rich history, including winning the FA Amateur Cup five times, but their glory days have been long gone – they reached the Third Round of the cup back in 1925/26!

An interesting local derby sees Spartan South Midlands outfit Berkhamsted entertain Evo-Stik League South Premier Slough Town, while another derby takes place at Bostik North Potters Bar Town, who tackle Evo-Stik South Premier side Bishop`s Stortford, who haven`t won in five league games since suffering relegation from the Vanarama National League South at the end of last season.

One of the Blue Brazil`s league rivals, Kings Langley, won`t relish their trip across to Suffolk to play Thurlow Nunn Leaguers Haverhill Borough.

More derby ties that could produce an upset or two sees Bostik South side Faversham own host Bostik Premier Kent neighbours Tonbridge Angels, while down in Devon, Step 6 South West Peninsula League Premier outfit Tavistock AFC take on Evo-Stik South West high-flyers Taunton Town at Langsford Park.

And Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division Tuffley Rovers will fancy their chances at their Glevum Park home against Taunton`s league rivals Swindon Supermarine.

Sunday sees four more ties, with Evo-Stik South side Romulus, who are yet to win a league game, hosting Evo-Stik South Premier side Kettering Town – who have won all of theirs – on the 3G at Coles Lane.

There`s an Essex derby between Bostik North rivals Romford and AFC Hornchurch, SSML Baldock Town entertain Evo-Stik South East newcomers Thame United and Southern Combination outfit Littlehampton Town take on a Bostik South Chipstead who have lost all four of their league games to date.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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