A detailed view of the Emirates FA Cup Trophy. Pic: Getty Images.

Merthyr Avoid League Opposition As FA Cup Journey Goes On

By Gareth James

Merthyr Town’s reward for their 2-1 home win over Folkestone Invicta in the final FA Cup qualifying round last weekend is a trip to Buxton in the first-round proper next month.

The Martyrs, ball No. 79 in the hat for the draw made at Alvechurch FC, were drawn to face the National League North side on the weekend of 5 November and will be gunning for another famous victory.

You have to go back to 2005, when they lost 2-1 to Walsall, for the last time Merthyr had reached the first round.

Goals from Lewis Powell and Alex John earned them a ticket into the round at which the Division One and Two teams enter the competition.

Merthyr Town manager Paul Michael told the BBC, “We were scintillating for 25 minutes and then we made it hard work for ourselves.

“These are moments that, hopefully, these guys will never forget. As players and staff we’ll never forget them and it’s a great moment to share together.”


Managerless Newport County were drawn at home against League Two opponents Colchester United – the team they face at home in a dress-rehearsal this weekend.

They will face Premier League Leicester City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, 8 November.

Wrexham, who face a replay against Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night, will face Oldham Athletic or Chester at home in round one.

Non-League side South Shields, managed by Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips, have been drawn at home to Forest Green.

The club, based in Tyne & Wear, will welcome Ian Burchnall’s Rovers, of Sky Bet League One, to the First Cloud Arena during the weekend of November 4-7.

Elsewhere, Bracknell Town of the Southern League Premier Division South will host Ipswich at Bottom Meadow, while fellow League One promotion-chasers Portsmouth will take on National League North Hereford.


Alvechurch – the lowest-ranked side remaining in the competition and taking part in the first round for the first time in 49 years – will face Cheltenham at the Completely-Suzuki Stadium.

The winners of this season’s first-round fixtures will pocket £41,000.


FA Cup first round proper draw in full

South Shields vs Forest Green Rovers

Bolton vs Barnsley

Boreham Wood vs Eastleigh

Curzon Ashton vs Cambridge United

Maidenhead United vs Dagenham & Redbridge

Crawley vs Accrington

Solihull Moors vs Hartlepool

Kidderminster or Fylde vs Gillingham

Peterborough vs Salford

Sutton United vs Farnborough

Grimsby vs Plymouth

MK Dons vs Yeovil or Taunton

Ebbsfleet vs Halifax

Carlisle vs Tranmere

Bracknell Town vs Ipswich

Hendon or Chippenham vs Lincoln

Sheffield Wednesday vs Morecambe

Hereford vs Portsmouth

Shrewsbury vs York City

Buxton vs Merthyr Town

Charlton vs Coalville Town

Weymouth vs AFC Wimbledon

Newport vs Colchester

Stockport vs Swindon

Doncaster vs King’s Lynn

Altrincham or Gateshead vs Stevenage

Fleetwood vs Oxford City

Burton vs Needham Market

Bradford City vs Harrogate

Port Vale vs Exeter

Torquay or Hampton & Richmond vs Derby

Bristol Rovers vs Rochdale

Wycombe vs Walsall

Blyth Spartans or Wrexham vs Oldham or Chester

Crewe vs Leyton Orient

Barnet vs Chelmsford

Woking vs Oxford United

Chesterfield vs Northampton

Cheltenham vs Alvechurch

Barrow vs Mansfield


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