FA Cup 2016-17 2nd Qualifying Round Review

This is THE most comprehensive review of the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup to be found anywhere on the Internet, or elsewhere.

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Felixstowe and Walton United provided the stand-out shock in an FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round of Cup upsets as the Step 5 club from the Eastern Counties League Premier Division ran out 2-1 winners at home to Bishop’s Stortford who play three leagues above them in the National League South. The sensational win also takes the Seasiders into the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time ever in what is their 15th FA Cup campaign, whilst the Bishops exit the FA Cup in the 2nd Qualifying for the third year in a row.

Northern League Division One side Morpeth Town turned the tables on perennial giant-killers Blyth Spartans from Northern Premier League Premier Division, two divisions above, giving them a taste of their own medicine as the current FA Vase holders won 4-2 away at Croft Park to reach the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time this Century.

In only their second ever FA Cup campaign Northern Counties East League Premier Division outfit AFC Mansfield won 1-0 at two leagues higher Northern Premier League Premier Division side Coalville Town making it four FA Cup wins out of five matches for the Bulls to reach the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time. It is the fourth successive season that the Ravens have exited the FA Cup in the 2nd Qualifying Round.

Spartan South Midlands side Hadley also beat a club from two divisions above them winning 2-1 at home to Kings Langley from the Southern League Premier Division to make the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time ever, three rounds further than the club has ever been before. Despite this being Hadley’s fourth FA Cup win of the season there are 163 other clubs who have scored more FA Cup goals this year than they have, the majority of whom are now no longer in the competition.

Winchester City, who ply their trade at Step 4 level in the Southern League Division One South and West, had the biggest margin of victory of all clubs who beat a side from two divisions above them. The Citizens romped to a 4-0 home win over Truro City from the National League South.

Northern Premier League Division One South side AFC Rushden and Diamonds also beat National League South opposition in the shape of Concord Rangers winning 3-1 at their Thames Road ground.

Another National League side, Nuneaton Town from the Northern section, lost 2-1 at home to Lincoln United who, like the aforementioned Diamonds, also compete in the Northern Premier League Division One South, two leagues below the Boro.

Lancaster City from Northern Premier League Division One North had a terrific 2-1 home win over Darlington 1883 from National League North, who despite this defeat registered their best FA Cup round reached since the club re-formed four years ago.

Southern League Division One South and West club North Leigh will at least equal their best ever FA Cup run in 18 campaigns after winning 2-1 at home to National League South side Weston-super-Mare.

In what is their third FA Cup campaign, Step 5 club Handsworth Parramore from Northern Counties East League Premier Division will now appear three rounds further in the competition than they ever have done before after knocking out Step 4 club Burscough from Northern Premier League Division One North with a 2-0 victory.

Northern League Division One side Bishop Auckland is another Step 5 club into the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round following a victory over Step 4 opposition, in their case a 1-0 win over Northern Premier League Division One North outfit Trafford, which takes the club into the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time in 17 years.

The inaugural FA Cup adventure continues for Hereford from Southern League Division One South and West who beat higher league opponents in the shape Northern Premier League Premier Division side Sutton Coldfield Town with a tight 3-2 win at their Central Ground.

In what is their 39th FA Cup campaign, and in their 133rd year of existence, the Lilywhites of Faversham Town, who play in the Isthmian League Division One South, are into the FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time ever after a 1-0 replay win at Southern League Premier Division side Hitchin Town.

Another Step 4 side, Potters Bar Town from Southern League Division One Central, also beat Step 3 opposition in a replay, winning 3-2 against Canvey Island from Isthmian League Premier Division.

Three Step 3 clubs knocked out National League opponents with Chippenham Town from the Southern League Premier Division following up their record equalling FA Cup win in the 2nd Qualifying Round with a comprehensive 4-1 home victory over Poole Town from National League South.

Isthmian League Premier Division side Staines Town won 1-0 at National League South club Maidenhead United, and completing the cup upsets of the round, Southern League Premier Division club Weymouth won 3-2 at home to Gosport Borough also from National League South.

Isthmian League Division One North side Thamesmead Town came back from two goals down to win 4-2 after extra time in their replay against Hanwell Town from Southern League Division One Central to reach the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time in their history in what is their 23rd FA Cup campaign.

Also into the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time ever since re-forming in 2010 is Farsley Celtic from Northern Premier League Division One North who won 2-0 at fellow league opponents Tadcaster Albion.

Step 5 clubs Cadbury Heath from Western League Premier Division and Westfields from Midland Football League Premier both beat fellow Step 5 clubs, Wessex League Premier Division’s Alresford Town and Midland Football League Premier Division’s Highgate United respectively, to not only make it into the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time in both club’s histories (The Heathens in their 10th campaign, The Fields in their 17th), but both clubs are also the current joint top goal-scorers in this season’s competition having both scored 17 goals each across their four victories.

Completing the Step 5 representation in the 3rd Qualifying Round are Hellenic League Premier Division outfit Brimscombe and Thrupp who beat fellow Step 5 club Brislington from the Western League Premier Division 2-1 to reach the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time ever in what is their 3rd FA Cup campaign, a full three rounds further than the club has ever been before.

Southern League Division One South club Beaconsfield SYCOB are also into the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time ever in their 20th FA Cup campaign after winning 3-1 at home to Isthmian League Division One North side Witham Town and put themselves in third spot in terms of goals scored with fifteen.

The biggest goal-scorers of the round were National League South club Hampton and Richmond Borough and National League North side FC United of Manchester who both won 7-1 away from home against Step 4 opponents in the shape of Southern League Division One Central side AFC Dunstable and Northern Premier League Division One North club Ossett Town. The results represent both the biggest ever FA Cup wins and the biggest ever FA Cup losses for the four clubs involved.

National League North side Brackley Town also recorded their biggest ever FA Cup win with a 6-0 victory at home to Rugby Town from Northern Premier League Division One South to knock the Valley out of the competition for the second season running.

FC Halifax Town from National League North won 5-0 at Step 5 side Ashton Athletic from North West Counties League Premier Division to inflict the heaviest ever FA Cup defeat on the Ashes who can console themselves in the knowledge of achieving an FA Cup run two rounds further than they’ve ever been before.

Step 5 Hellenic Premier League side Highworth Town finally lost 5-1 at Havant and Waterlooville which equals the Isthmian League Premiers Division side’s biggest ever FA Cup win.

Cirencester Town suffered their heaviest ever FA Cup defeat after losing 6-1 at fellow Southern League Premier Division side Banbury United, with the Oxfordshire based club exacting revenge for a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Wiltshire club in 2012 in fine style, whilst National League South side Ebbsfleet United inflicted a record equalling margin of defeat on AFC Sudbury from Isthmian League Premier Division with a 5-0 victory.

A 2-1 replay win over Combined Counties League Premier Division side Colliers Wood United means that Merstham from Isthmian League Premier Division will at least equal their best FA Cup in what is their 33rd campaign. The Colliers Wood players can console themselves in the knowledge that they have set a new personal best in the FA Cup for the club by reaching the 2nd Qualifying Round for the first time.

Walton Casuals won 4-2 at fellow Isthmian League Division One South side Hythe Town to at least equal their best ever FA Cup run in their 17 campaigns, whilst Southern League Premier Division side Merthyr Town won 2-0 at AFC Portchester from Wessex League Premier Division to at least equal their best Cup run in their 7th campaign.

Several clubs will be appearing in the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time in many years after victories in the 2nd Round, with three clubs in particular returning after a 17 year hiatus. Alongside the already highlighted Bishop Auckland and Morpeth Town are Taunton Town from Southern League Division One South and West who won 2-0 at home to league rivals Slimbridge.

However, Egham Town from the Southern League Division One South have waited the longest after winning 2-1 at home to Isthmian League Division One North club VCD Athletic to appear in the 3rd Qualifying Round for the first time in 26 years.

By beating fellow National League North side Tamworth 4-0, Kidderminster Harriers have now gone 33 years since they last were knocked out of the FA Cup as early as the 2nd Qualifying Round. Both Bath City, who beat fellow National League South club Oxford City 2-1 after extra time in a replay, and Eastbourne Borough, also from the National League South who won 2-1 at home to Metropolitan Police from Isthmian League Premier Division, maintained a 10 year record of always going beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round.

Despite going down 2-1 to Chesham United from Southern League Premier Division in a replay, the players of Sevenoaks Town from the Southern Counties East League Premier Division can congratulate themselves on setting a new personal best for the club by reaching the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round in their 12th campaign.

The players of aforementioned Alresford Town can similarly congratulate themselves on the same feat in what is their 9th FA Cup campaign, with Kirby Muxloe from the United Counties League Premier Division also setting their own personal best following a narrow 2-1 home defeat to National League North outfit Boston United in their 8th campaign, and the previously mentioned Kings Langley achieving it in their 7th campaign.

Essex Senior League side Waltham Forest lost 3-1 at Isthmian League Premier Division side Folkestone Invicta but have equalled their best FA Cup in their 22nd campaign since Leyton and Walthamstow Pennant merged together in 1995.

Similarly, the aforementioned VCD Athletic, who lost 2-1 Egham Town, have also equalled their best FA Cup run in what is their 17th campaign.

Along with the previously mentioned Coalville Town, Southern League Premier side Hayes and Yeading United exited the FA Cup in the 2nd Qualifying Round for the fourth successive season after losing 2-0 at home to Worthing from the Isthmian League Premier Division. It is three successive years of being knocked out in the 2nd Qualifying Round for Hyde United from Northern Premier League Division One North after losing 2-0 at National League North club Stockport County.

By beating fellow Northern Premier League Premier Division side Marine 3-2 in a replay, Nantwich Town finally avenged a 1-0 defeat to the same side in the FA Cup from 24 years ago. Slough Town had waited 17 years to avenge a 3-2 defeat to fellow Southern League Premier Division side Cambridge City before beating the Lilywhites 3-1 this year.

A 4-0 thumping of Histon from Southern League Division One Central by National League South side Wealdstone more than made up for the 12 year wait to avenge the 2-0 defeat to the same side in the competition, whilst Dartford beat fellow National League South rivals Chelmsford City 3-2 to avenge a 4-1 defeat to the same club seven years ago, the same length of time Worcester City had had to wait to avenge a 1-0 defeat to National League North foes AFC Telford with a 3-1 replay victory this year.

 

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