2019-20 FA Cup Q2 Round Preview

Joining the 44 National League North and South clubs in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round are 116 Steps 3 to 5 clubs who have battled their way through to this round, nineteen of which started their campaigns three rounds earlier at the start of August in the Extra Preliminary Round.

Among those 19 clubs to have won through three rounds already are fourteen Step 5 clubs, the lowest level represented in this round. At least one of those 14 are guaranteed to be in the 3rd Qualifying Round as Walthamstow host Abbey Rangers, the winners of which will make history for their club by going further in the FA Cup than they have ever done so before.

There are four ties that pit a National League club against a Step 5 side. Three of them give the lower league side home advantage, whilst Northern League side Stockton Town have to travel to Guiseley.

Runcorn Town will hope to cause a Cupset against Farsley Celtic, whilst Flackwell Heath will want to try to get one over their local Berkshire rivals Slough Town, a tie made even tastier as the Flackwell Heath manager, Marcus Richardson, is a former Slough Town player.

North West Counties Premier League side Irlam have never progressed beyond the 2nd Qualifying Round and they host former Semi-Finalists York City in the most mismatched tie in terms of FA Cup history. This tie has been selected by the BBC to show live on the red button and on-line, and kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday.

There are nine other clubs as well as Irlam for whom the 2nd Qualifying Round represents their best ever FA Cup run. The list includes Walthamstow (5th time in 2nd Qualifying Round), Deeping Rangers and Kings Langley (both appearing for the 4th time).

However, there are seven other clubs who had never even gone this far in the competition before, including the aforementioned Stockton Town and Abbey Rangers, neither of whom had even won an FA Cup match before this season.

They’ve only had two or three campaigns each, but Pontefract Collieries are competing in the FA Cup for the 24th time. The West Yorkshire club won through only their fourth 1st Qualifying Round tie to earn the right to travel to Ashton United at this stage of the competition for the first time.

Just 14 of the eighty 2nd Qualifying Round ties involve clubs who will meet twice in league action this season, and only a quarter of ties pit two clubs together who have met in the competition before.

The most common matchup is Kidderminster Harriers versus Stafford Rangers who are meeting for the twelfth time, although this will be their first FA Cup encounter for 31 years. They have both triumphed five times each in past meetings so it will be interesting to see to gets the upper hand this time.

Finally, Chasetown will be playing their 99th FA Cup match when they travel to National League side Leamington. In their previous 98 FA Cup games they have never faced a club beginning with the letter ‘L’.

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