FA Cup 2014/15: 2nd Round Preview

The 2nd round of the FA Cup will be played out this weekend, with winners dreaming of a tie at Anfield, Stamford Bridge, The Emirates or Old Trafford.facup_feat

13 non league teams are still in the competition, with 3 non league guaranteed to
be in the hat for the 3rd round. The three all non league ties are Wrexham/Maidstone United, Gateshead/Warrington Town and Southport/Eastleigh. The 3rd round would be uncharted territory for Warrington and Eastleigh.

The 2nd round kicks of with a North East derby as Hartlepool host Blyth Spartans and will be live on BBC 2. Conference side Wrexham will be playing Isthmian Premier league side Maidstone (who beat Stevenage in round 1) and will be live on BBC Wales. Exeter’s conquerors Warrington Town will visit Gateshead for BT Sport’s first live game on Sunday.FACup_pic

Conference sides Southport take on fellow conference side Eastleigh who’ have on their books former Exeter players Craig McAllister, Stuart Fleetwood and Chris Todd. Conference North side Worcester City who knocked out League 1 opposition Coventry City at the Ricoh, will be looking forward to their trip to Scunthorpe.

Struggling Conference Premier side Dartford will look forward to the distraction of a trip to League 1 Bradford City on Sunday, as will Dover Athletic visiting Cheltenham Town. The Robins have just appointed former Exeter City assistant boss Rob Edwards as32farnham_camberley_FACup 2nd in command to Paul Buckle. Chester have a difficult tie at Barnsley, as do AFC Telford who visit Ashton Gate to take on League 1 leaders Bristol City. Aldershot will have been disappointed with getting a tie against Rochdale, but with it being at the Rec it’s an eminently winnable tie.

The ball numbers for the 3rd round draw can be found here.

Fixtures and referee appointments:

Friday 5 December 2014
Kick Off Home Away
7.55pm Hartlepool United VS Blyth Spartans AFC Live on BBC2
Ref:Andrew Madley
Saturday 6 December 2014
3pm Oxford United VS Tranmere Rovers Ref: Mark Haywood
3pm Bury VS Luton Town Ref: Nigel Miller
3pm Accrington Stanley VS Yeovil Town Ref: Sebastian Stockbridge
3pm Milton Keynes Dons VS Chesterfield Ref: Keith Stroud
3pm Oldham Athletic VS Doncaster Rovers Ref: Lee Collins
3pm Preston North End VS Shrewsbury Town Ref: David Webb
3pm Sheffield United VS Plymouth Argyle Ref: Gary Sutton
3pm Cambridge United VS Mansfield Town Ref: Darren Bond
5.30pm Wrexham VS Maidstone United Live on BBC Wales
Ref: Scott Mathieson
Sunday 7 December 2014
12 noon Gateshead VS Warrington Town Live on BT Sport
Ref: James Adcock
2pm Scunthorpe United VS Worcester City Ref: Graham Salisbury
2pm Wycombe Wanderers VS AFC Wimbledon Ref: Christopher Kavanagh
2pm Southport VS Eastleigh Ref: Geoff Eltringham
2pm Barnsley VS Chester Ref: Darren Handley
2pm Bradford City VS Dartford Ref: Andy Woolmer
2pm Cheltenham Town VS Dover Athletic Ref: Dean Whitestone
2pm Bristol City VS AFC Telford United Ref: Jeremy Simpson
2pm Aldershot Town VS Rochdale AFC Ref: Philip Gibbs
4.30pm Colchester United VS Peterborough United Live on BT Sport
Ref: Tony Harrington

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