With one all ESL tie in the Preliminary Round means that there is at least one guaranteed ESL team in the First Qualifying Round. It’s now up to Tower Hamlets and Takeley to decide which one of them it will be. Takeley took care of business last time around by disposing of Wivenhoe Town with a 3-1 home win. Tower Hamlets had to go to a replay before they booked their place.
Waltham Forest and FC Romania hope to get their Extra Preliminary Round Replay resolved on Tuesday after the original replay was rained off last week. The winners of that encounter travel to Long Melford, who of course ended Hackney Wick’s inaugural FA Cup campaign in the last round.
West Essex are also new entrants to the FA Cup this season and having bagged the prize money in an-all ESL tie with Sawbridgeworth Town now return to Hertfordshire to take on Bostik North outfit Potters Bar Town. It’s one of three ties involved ESL teams against teams from the Bostik League as Redbridge are away to Grays Athletic, while Clapton welcome Norwich United to the Old Spotted Dog.
Basildon United hit the road as they are away to Great Yarmouth Town from the Thurlow Nunn League. Ilford meet opposition from the same league as they host Haverhill Borough; Southend Manor meanwhile entertain Gorleston who have made a decent start to their league campaign, but can Manor make full usage of their home advantage.
Hullbridge Sports play their game 24 hours later, when they visit St. Margaretsbury.