Aside from the vast slate of Premier League fixtures set for tomorrow, the FA Cup 2nd Round also has a total of 16 ties on the docket with all kickoffs set for 3 pm London time.
As usual for the 2nd Round, the ties consist of teams from League 1 and below with the lowest team set to play in TOMORROW’S ties being Stourbridge from the Southern Premier League, the 8th tier of English football as they have an away match at League 1 Stevenage.
In total, 10 teams from the Non-Leagues are still involved in Second Round ties, they are: Grimsby Town, Kidderminster Harriers, Brackley Town and Macclesfield Town (who play each other), Dover Athletic, Welling United, the aforementioned Stourbridge, Cambridge United, Tamworth, and Wrexham rounding out the lot.
The Second Round actually began earlier today with Port Vale cruising to a 4-1 home win over Non-Leaguers Salisbury City to book passage to the Third Round.
Matches To Watch
Grimsby Town vs. Northampton Town
Aidy Boothroyd’s Northampton Town are to visit Conference Premier side Grimsby Town in shambles as they sit 2nd from bottom in League 2 while the Mariners are currently 4th in the Skrill Conference Premier, having already brushed aside League 2 Scunthorpe last round after a replay. Blundell Park will undoubtably be full for the occasion with the Lincolnshire club (Grimsby) more than happy to accept their 10,000 pound pay check following the game, though Paul Hurst’s side would much like it to go along with a spot in the 3rd Round. Strikers Lenny “The Shop” John-Lewis and Ross Hannah will look to be on target against their Football League opposition, knowing that a win could set up a big money tie in the next round. Prediction: Grimsby 2 – Northampton 1
Wycombe Wanderers vs. Preston North End The Chairboys of Wycombe will look to re-kindle glorious memories of the FA Cup when they host League 1 PNE at Adams Park tomorrow, with on-loan Sunderland midfielder Billy Knott deemed good-to-go for the tie despite playing 87 minutes at the midweek while ill in Wycombe’s 2-2 draw against Portsmouth. Furthermore, Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth admitted his side have been gassed from 4 consecutive weeks of midweek matches and that the squad could be shaken up a bit for the cup clash. Forwards Joe Garner and Paul Gallagher and defender Bailey Wright are all suspended for Simon Grayson’s Preston squad however, so the Lions will also be a bit reduced for the encounter. They do welcome back midfielder Neil Kilkenny (on-loan from Bristol City) and captain John Welsh though, and that added benefit should see them through to Round 3.
Prediction: Wycombe 0 – Preston North End 1
Carlisle United vs. Brentford
Its an all League 1 clash at Brunton Park with Carlisle United set to host Brentford with a solid 16 points separating the two in the standings. Max Ehmer, Ben Amos and Josh Morris (all loan players) will be unavailable for Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh on the day, leaving him with ex-Manchester City centre-half Courtney Meppen-Walter and on-loan Liverpool midfielder Craig Roddan as his likely options to start (and appear) for the first time for the club. Former Swindon player Alan McCormack is the only injury worry for Brentford manager Uwe Rosler, who will otherwise have a full-squad for the trip to Cumberland, where the Bees will hope to bag another spot in the Third Round and maybe another big payday, as they did last year in the FA Cup against Chelsea (where they forced a replay after a 2-2 draw initially at Griffin Park.
Prediction: Carlisle 1 – Brentford 4
All Round 2 fixtures can be seen below, try to take some time away from BPL action tomorrow to focus on some lesser-quality, but potentially more enthralling games…
|07.12. 09:00||Bristol Rovers||Crawley|
|07.12. 09:00||Fleetwood Town||Burton|
|07.12. 09:00||Leyton Orient||Walsall|
|07.12. 09:00||Milton Keynes Dons||Dover Ath.|
|08.12. 06:00||Cambridge Utd||Sheffield Utd|
|08.12. 08:00||Tamworth||Bristol City|
|09.12. 13:45||Wrexham||Oxford Utd|