FA Cup 2016-17 4th Qualifying Round Tie-by-tie Preview

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  1. Southport (National League) v Chester (National League)

Step 1 v Step 1

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, in fact Southport never faced the original Chester club either despite many seasons in the same Football League divisions.

This is one of seven all National League ties. Southport famously reached the FA Cup Quarter Finals as a third tier side in 1930/31 season, one of four clubs in this year’s Fourth Qualifying Round to have at least made it that far. The current Chester FC reached the 2nd Round Proper two seasons ago.

 

  1. Alfreton Town (National League North) v Gateshead (National League)

Step 2 v Step 1

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 4th Qualifying Round meeting four years ago won 2-0 by the Reds of Alfreton.

Alfreton went on to equal their best run to the 2nd Round Proper following that victory over Gateshead, but have gone out in the 4th Qualifying Round in both of the last two seasons. The current Gateshead FC made it as far as the 3rd Round Proper just two years ago.

 

  1. North Ferriby United (National League) v Macclesfield Town (National League)

Step 1 v Step 1

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

The second of seven all National League encounters. The Villagers are one of two National League clubs yet to have reached the Proper Rounds of the FA Cup having got as far as the 4th Qualifying Round on four occasions, including in each of the last three seasons. The Silkmen reached the Fourth Round Proper as recently as 2012/13 season.

 

  1. Harrogate Town (National League North) v FC Halifax Town (National League North)

Step 2 v Step 2

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 3rd Qualifying Round tie in 2010/11 season won 4-0 by the Shaymen.

FC Halifax Town have reached the First Round Proper on four occasions, including in each of the last three seasons. Harrogate Town achieved their record Cup run to the Second Round Proper just four years ago.

 

  1. Stockport County (National League North) v Bishop Auckland (Northern League Division One)

Step 2 v Step 5

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a Second Round Proper encounter as long ago as the 1960/61 season won 2-0 by Stockport County.

This is one of three ties pitting teams together separated by three levels in the Non-League pyramid. The Bishops are one of two clubs who entered this year’s competition in the Extra Preliminary Round and are still going after achieving five victories already, the same number of FA Cup wins the eventual finalists will achieve. They have already despatched three higher league clubs on their way to this 4th Qualifying Round, the furthest they have reached in 17 years, and you have to go back a further five years to see when they last made the First Round Proper. The club has reached the Fourth Round Proper in the past, just one round behind their opponent’s personal best Cup run. The Hatters had their worst FA Cup run for 113 years last season and have only once gone beyond the 4th Qualifying Round in the five years since the club lost its Football League status.

 

  1. Barrow (National League) v Tranmere Rovers (National League)

Step 1 v Step 1

Two previous FA Cup meetings between the two clubs, both won by Barrow in Second Round Proper ties, 3-0 in 1955/56 season and 2-1 11 years after that.

This is the third of seven all National League ties in this round. Barrow reached the Third Round Proper in both seasons they beat Tranmere Rovers, two of a record 11 Third Round Proper eliminations of any club which has never gone further than that round in the FA Cup. Rovers are one of four clubs to have at least reached the Quarter Finals in the past, doing so three times in the early years of the 21st Century, but last season saw the club fail to make the Proper Rounds for the first time in 91 years.

 

  1. Nantwich Town (Northern Premier League Premier Division) v Stourbridge (Northern Premier League Premier Division)

Step 3 v Step 3

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

The Dabbers are into the 4th Qualifying Round after four successive seasons of being eliminated in the 1st Qualifying Round following reaching the First Round Proper for the first time the season prior to those. The Glassboys equalled their best run to the Second Round Proper last season, the third time the club achieved the feat in their last five campaigns.

 

  1. Altrincham (National League North) v Matlock Town (Northern Premier League Premier Division)

Step 2 v Step 3

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Altrincham famously made the Fourth Round Proper as an Alliance Premier League side in the 1985/86 season after winning 2-1 away at St Andrews to knock out First Division opponents Birmingham City. Matlock Town have made it as far as the Third Round Proper in the past, but this is the Gladiators’ first appearance in the 4th Qualifying Round for 27 years.

 

  1. Lincoln City (National League) v Guiseley (National League)

Step 1 v Step 1

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

The fourth of seven all National League ties. Lincoln City have reached the Fifth Round Proper in the past and it is five years since The Imps were eliminated from the FA Cup before the Proper rounds. Guiseley are just one win away from equalling their best FA Cup run for the seventh time although The Lions exited at this 4th Qualifying Round stage in both the last two seasons.

 

  1. Lincoln United (Northern Premier League Division 1 South) v Spennymoor Town (Northern Premier League Premier Division)

Step 4 v Step 3

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

It is 19 years since Lincoln United equalled their best FA Cup run to the First Round Proper, whilst the current Spennymoor Town club is equalling its best run to the 4th Qualifying Round, so at least one club will be celebrating FA Cup history after this tie.

 

  1. Stamford (Northern Premier League Division 1 South) v Wrexham (National League)

Step 4 v Step 1

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

The second of three 4th Qualifying Round ties that pit clubs together separated by three steps in the Non-League pyramid. Wrexham are one of four clubs in this round to have at least reached the Quarter Finals in the past, last achieved 20 years ago, whilst the Daniels have a unique record amongst clubs participating in this year’s FA Cup in that they have never appeared in the Proper rounds, but the club has gone beyond the 4th Qualifying Round (103 years ago)!

 

  1. York City (National League) v Curzon Ashton (National League North)

Step 1 v Step 2

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

York City appeared in the FA Cup Semi Finals 62 years ago as a Third tier club, but have failed to win an FA Cup tie for six seasons. Whilst Curzon Ashton have reached the Second Round Proper in the past it is eight years since the club last went beyond the qualifying round stages of the competition. One of them has to break their current trend.

 

  1. Welling United (National League South) v Whitehawk (National League South)

Step 2 v Step 2

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

The Wings have reached the Third Round Proper in the past whilst the Hawks achieved their best run to the Second Round Proper last season.

 

  1. Westfields (Midland Football League Premier Division) v Leiston (Isthmian League Premier Division)

Step 5 v Step 3

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Westfields are the second of two clubs to be in this 4th Qualifying Round stage having begun their FA Cup campaign way back in the first weekend of August. Five FA Cup wins later they are this year’s current highest scorers with 21 goals and had only ever made it as far as the 2nd Qualifying Round in any of their previous 16 FA Cup campaigns. Leiston achieved their best Cup run to the First Round Proper eight years ago, but in this season’s competition have won each of their three matches so far by a 4-1 scoreline. The tie of the round?

 

  1. Sutton United (National League) v Forest Green Rovers (National League)

Step 1 v Step 1

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

This is the fifth of seven all National League ties in this year’s 4th Qualifying Round. Sutton United famously made the Fourth Round Proper for the second time in 1988/89 season after knocking out Division One side Coventry City in the Third Round. Forest Green have made it as far as the Third Round as well and are trending to do so again having gone out in Q4 Round, 1st Round and 2nd Round in their last three campaigns.

 

  1. Chesham United (Southern League Premier Division) v Potters Bar Town (Southern League Division 1 Central)

Step 3 v Step 4

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 2nd Qualifying Round tie 20 years ago won 4-0 by Chesham.

Chesham United fell one round short last season of equalling their ever FA Cup run to the Third Round Proper, whilst the Scholars are achieving equalling their best run this season, last achieved 10 years ago.

 

  1. Dagenham and Redbridge (National League) v Wealdstone (National League South)

Step 1 v Step 2

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 1992/93 3rd Qualifying Round tie won comprehensively 6-1 by the Daggers in what was their first season following the merger of Dagenham FC and Redbridge Forest.

The Daggers have reached the Fourth Round Proper in the past and have not gone out before the Proper Rounds for 10 seasons because this is their first season in 4th Qualifying Round during that time. The Stones have made it as far as the Third Round Proper but not for almost 40 years.

 

  1. Torquay United (National League) v Woking (National League)

Step 1 v Step 1

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

The sixth of seven all National League ties. Torquay United have reached the Fourth Round Proper on seven separate occasions (only Hereford United have had more Fourth Round appearances (8) without going any further), but have gone out in the 4th Qualifying Round in both of the last two seasons. Woking have also made the Fourth Round Proper, just the once 26 years ago.

 

  1. Taunton Town (Southern League Division one South and West) v Hemel Hempstead Town (National League South)

Step 4 v Step 2

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Both clubs are just one win away from equalling their best ever FA Cup run. The Peacocks have now been drawn at home in the FA Cup for the eight successive time and are appearing in the 4th Qualifying Round for the first time in 18 years after defeating another Step 2 club in the previous round. It is 35 years since the club made the First Round. The Tudors, however, equalled their best Cup run just two seasons ago.

 

  1. Braintree Town (National League) v Bromley (National League)

Step 1 v Step 1

First FA Cup meeting between the two.

The seventh of seven all National League ties in this year’s 4th Qualifying Round. Bromley reached the Second Round Proper three times either side of the Second World War, whilst Braintree Town are just one win away from equalling their best Cup run, something they have done five times in the past, including in each of the last four seasons.

 

  1. Beaconsfield SYCOB (Southern League Division 1 Central) v Brackley Town (National League North)

Step 4 v Step 2

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 2001/02 Preliminary Round tie won 3-2 by the Saints.

Brackley Town recorded their best ever Cup run to the Second Round Proper just three years ago, whilst SYCOB are already two rounds further than the club has ever been before.

 

  1. Tonbridge Angels (Isthmian League Premier Division) v Dartford (National League South)

Step 3 v Step 2

Three previous FA Cup meetings between the two clubs, all won by the Darts, and all before their opponents formally added Angels to their name, the last meeting being in 1982/83 season.

Dartford have made it as far as the Third Round Proper in the past, but that was twice way back in the mid-1930s. The Angels are just one win away from equalling their best Cup run, but that was last achieved 44 years ago.

 

  1. Egham Town (Southern League Division One Central) v St Albans City (National League South)

Step 4 v Step 2

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Egham Town are equalling their best ever FA Cup run, last achieved 26 years ago. The Saints have reached the Second Round Proper three times, most recently 20 years ago.

 

  1. Boreham Wood (National League) v Hendon (Isthmian League Premier Division)

Step 1 v Step 3

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Boreham Wood reached the Second Round Proper twice in the late 1990s whilst Hendon made the Third Round Proper just the once, 43 years ago, and have not made the First Round for four years.

 

  1. Aldershot Town (National League) v Eastbourne Borough (National League South)

Step 1 v Step 2

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

The Shots reached the Fourth Round Proper as recently as four seasons ago. Sports are one win away from equalling their best Cup run achieved three times already since the turn of the Century.

 

  1. Harrow Borough (Isthmian League Premier Division) v Margate (National League South)

Step 3 v Step 2

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

Harrow Borough have made the 2nd Round Proper in the past and Margate have made the 3rd Round Proper, but it’s 6 years since The Boro appeared in the 1st Round and 14 years since The Gate made it that far.

 

  1. Maidstone United (National League) v Billericay Town (Isthmian League Premier Division)

Step 1 v Step 3

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 2007/08 2nd Qualifying Round encounter won by the Essex based side.

The Stones reached the Second Round Proper just two seasons ago, whereas Billericay Town are just one win away from equalling their best Cup run for the fourth time, last achieved nine years ago.

 

  1. Kidderminster Harriers (National League North) v Weymouth (Southern League Premier Division)

Step 2 v Step 3

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs despite 218 FA Cup campaigns between them.

The Harriers reached the Fifth Round Proper 23 years ago but have exited the competition at this stage in both of the last two seasons. The Terra made the Fourth Round Proper 55 years ago and haven’t gone beyond the qualifying rounds for nine years.

 

  1. Solihull Moors (National League) v Kettering Town (Southern League Premier Division)

Step 1 v Step 3

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 2007/08 3rd Qualifying Round tie won 2-1 by the Moors.

The Moors are one of only two National League clubs yet to make an appearance in the Proper rounds of the FA Cup this being the fourth time they’ve appeared in the 4th Qualifying Round in their short 10 year history. The Poppies ha e twice reached the Fourth Round Proper, most recently in 2008/09 season.

 

  1. Burgess Hill Town (Isthmian League Premier Division) v Dover Athletic (National League)

Step 3 v Step 1

One previous FA Cup meeting between the two clubs, a 2007/08 1st Qualifying Round encounter won 2-0 by Dover.

The Hillians are equalling their best ever FA Cup run for the fourth time since the year 2000 whilst Dover Athletic have twice reached the Third Round Proper most recently just two seasons ago.

 

  1. Merstham (Isthmian League Premier Division) v Ebbsfleet United (National League South)

Step 3 v Step 2

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

The Moatsiders are appearing in the 4th Qualifying Round for the first time in their 125 year history in what is their 33rd FA Cup campaign. Fleet reached the Fourth Round Proper in 1962/63 season and haven’t gone beyond the qualifying rounds for four years.

 

  1. Eastleigh (National League) v North Leigh (Southern League Division One Central)

Step 1 v Step 4

First FA Cup meeting between the two clubs.

This is the third of three 4th Qualifying Round ties pitting clubs together who are three steps apart in the Non-League pyramid. Both clubs set their best FA Cup run last season: Eastleigh made the Third Round Proper and were the last surviving Non-League club in the competition, North Leigh reached the 3rd Qualifying Round for the third time meaning this is the furthest the club has ever got in the FA Cup in what is the club’s 18th campaign.

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