FA Cup First Round Preview Including Haringey Borough v AFC Wimbledon

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Detail View of the FA Cup trophy at the end of the Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Six rounds have already been played in this season’s FA Cup, but tomorrow sees the introduction of the big boys and sides from League One and League Two enter the fray. 32 non-league teams have battled to this stage and will be looking to get their names in the headlines by producing one of this season’s giant-killings.

FA Cup First Round Preview

Haringey Borough v AFC Wimbledon

Five years ago, Haringey Borough recorded an attendance of just 17 people for a league match. On Friday night, they are expecting around 2,500 people to cram into their Coles Park ground as they welcome League One outfit AFC Wimbledon.

This is the first time the club, located just one mile along White Hart Lane from Spurs’ new ground, have reached the First Round proper and they are the only team to have survived since the preliminary round that was played back in August.

Borough, who only don’t even have a full team of contracted players, are no strangers to stern tests in this competition, having come from behind to win in three of their games so far, but this game against Neal Ardley’s struggling AFC Wimbledon side will surely be a step too far.

Metropolitan Police v Newport County

In Saturday’s standout fixture, Southern League Premier Division South side Metropolitan Police will play host to League Two’s Newport County. The Met sit 12th in the table and a crowd of 96 saw them defeat Farnborough 4-3 last weekend at Imber Court.

A capacity crowd of around 3,000 is expected this weekend, with plenty of Newport supporters making the trip across the M4 from South Wales.

Reaching the first round equals The Mets’ best performance in the FA Cup when they reached this stage in 2012/13 and were knocked out via a 2-1 home defeat to Crawley, who were then in League One.

A performance such as that one could see them cause an upset here against Newport, who have started well in League Two but haven’t gone beyond the fifth round of the cup since 1949.

Hampton & Richmond v Oldham Athletic

The final match of the FA Cup weekend, to be played on Monday night, sees National League South outfit Hampton & Richmond host League Two’s Oldham Athletic.

The Beavers have already equalled their best FA Cup performance by making it to this stage, just as they did in 2000/01 and 2007/08, whereas Oldham have made it to the semi-finals on three occasions, most recently in the 1993/94 season.

Oldham have struggled upon their relegation back to League Two this season while Hampton sit fourth in their league, so this could be the perfect opportunity for them to cause an upset, especially with the game being broadcast live and under the floodlights/

All Fixtures

Friday

Haringey Borough v AFC Wimbledon

Saturday

Maidenhead United v Portsmouth

Accrington Stanley v Colchester United

Aldershot Town v Bradford City

Barnsley v Notts County

Bromley v Peterborough United

Bury v Dover Athletic

Chesterfield v Billericay Town

Crewe Alexandra v Carlisle United

Ebbsfleet United v Cheltenham Town

Exeter City v Blackpool

Gillingham v Hartlepool United

Grimsby Town v MK Dons

Lincoln City v Northampton Town

Luton Town v Wycombe Wanderers

Maidstone United v Macclesfield Town

Metropolitan Police v Newport County

Morecambe v FC Halifax Town

Oxford United v Forest Green Rovers

Plymouth Argyle v Stevenage

Rochdale v Gateshead

Scunthorpe United v Burton Albion

Southend v Crawley Town

Southport v Boreham Wood

Sutton United v Slough Town

Swindon Town v York City

Torquay United v Woking

Tranmere Rovers v Oxford City

Walsall v Coventry City

Yeovil Town v Stockport County

Sunday

Alfreton Town v Fleetwood Town

Barnet v Bristol Rovers

Chorley v Doncaster Rovers

Guiseley v Cambridge United

Hitchin Town v Solihull Moors

Mansfield Town v Charlton Athletic

Shrewsbury Town v Salford City

Weston-super-Mare v Wrexham

Port Vale v Sunderland

Monday

Hampton & Richmond v Oldham Athletic

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