Torquay or Woking await the Hatters in FA Cup

FA Cup draw

The draw for the FA Cup first round has neither been particularly kind or that harsh on us, as we have been drawn at home against the winner of the replay between Torquay United or Woking. The two teams drew 1-1 at Plainmoor on Saturday and will replay at Woking’s Laithwaite Community Stadium this evening to see who progresses through to face County in November.

Whilst we are enjoying a mixed season in the League this year and currently sit in 10th place, the fact that we have been drawn at home again is a bonus as we have won all three FA Cup ties this season at Edgeley Park 2-0. We have two tough League games against Chorley (3rd) and Kidderminster Harriers (5th) coming up before the FA Cup first round match, so if we continue with our recent good form then there’s no reason why the players shouldn’t be confident of causing an upset – especially at home. Our possible opponents are both struggling in the League above as Torquay currently sit in 18th place in the Vanarama National League and Woking currently sit just above the relegation places in 20th.

In Saturday’s fourth qualifying round match at Plainmoor Luke Young gave Torquay the lead in the 5th minute and substitute Anthony Edgar ensured the tie went to a replay as he netted for Woking in the 80th minute.

The first round game will take place at Edgeley Park on Saturday 5th November and it will be interesting to see if the club revert back to their normal ticket prices for this game or if they continue with the policy of reducing the prices for the FA Cup.

Attendances in the FA Cup this season have been good so far as 1,425 fans watched the first qualifying round match against Hyde United, 3,181 attended the game against Salford City in the third qualifying round (491 away fans) and 2,770 (241 away fans) watched Saturday’s game against Bishop Auckland in the fourth qualifying round.

FA Cup first round draw:

Sheffield United v Leyton Orient
Millwall v Southend United
Dagenham & Redbridge v FC Halifax Town
Merstham v Oxford United
Taunton / Hemel Hempstead v Barrow
Southport v Fleetwood Town
Yeovil v Solihull Moors
Stockport County v Torquay / Woking
Dartford v Sutton United
Walsall v Macclesfield Town
Port Vale v Stevenage
Northampton v Harrow Borough / Margate
Cambridge United v Dover Athletic
Westfields v York / Curzon Ashton
Milton Keynes Dons v Spennymoor Town
Gillingham v Brackley Town
Alfreton / Gateshead v Newport County
Portsmouth v Wycombe Wanderers
Maidstone United v Rochdale
Bury v AFC Wimbledon
St Albans City v Carlisle United
Boreham Wood v Notts County
Mansfield Town v Plymouth Argyle
Braintree Town v Eastbourne Borough
Hartlepool United v Wrexham / Stamford
Bolton Wanderers v Grimsby Town
Bradford City v Accrington Stanley
Oldham Athletic v Doncaster Rovers
Eastleigh v Swindon Town
Shrewsbury Town v Barnet
Morecambe v Coventry City
Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers
Whitehawk v Stourbridge
Colchester United v Chesterfield
Lincoln City / Guiseley v Altrincham
Exeter City v Luton Town
Charlton Athletic v Scunthorpe United
Cheltenham Town v Crewe Alexandra
Peterborough United v Chesham
Blackpool v Kidderminster Harriers

Author: Andrew
Published: 18th October 2016
Category: News

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