FA Cup 2022-23 2nd Round Preview

Eleven non-league clubs have made it through to the FA Cup Second Round with Southern League Premier Central side Alvechurch FC the lowest ranked and only Level Seven club still standing.

The Church have won through five rounds to make the 2nd Round for only their second time. They travel to Forest Green Rovers having already dumped one EFL1 club out of the competition. A win for either club would equal their best run in the competition.

When the Church last featured in the 2nd Round 49 years ago they won 6-1 against King’s Lynn. And King’s Lynn Town have also reached the 2nd Round this season, equalling the current club’s best FA Cup run from two years ago. And the Linnets have a home tie against EFL2 Stevenage FC ‘live’ on TV on Saturday lunchtime with the EFL side looking to make 3rd Round for 3rd time in six seasons.

Four other Level Six clubs are still involved. Buxton FC are the other representatives of National League North and the Bucks are appearing in the 2nd Round in successive seasons for the first time ever in their 112th FA Cup campaign. A Cupset win at former Cup winners Ipswich Town would equal their best Cup run, last achieved 71 years ago. Ipswich haven’t reached the 3rd Round since being relegated from the Championship four years ago.

Three National League South sides remain in the competition with Chippenham Town setting a new FA Cup record by making their first appearance at this stage of the competition in what is their 108th campaign. The Bluebirds travel to EFL1 side Burton Albion looking to make more history for the club whilst the EFL side is looking to app[ear in 3rd Round for 4th time in seven seasons..

Another club appearing in the 2nd Round for the first time is Farnborough FC, 20 years after their predecessors, Farnborough Town, made it all the way to the 4th Round. The Boro travel to Wrexham FC in what is the only tie to guarantee a non-league club will appear in the 3rd Round. A win for the Red Dragons would result in their first appearance in that round for eight years. This tie will be shown on S4C on Saturday afternoon.

Another ‘live’ TV tie, on Sunday lunchtime, sees National League South leaders Ebbsfleet United host Fleetwood Town from EFL1. It’s the first time in 19 years that Fleet have appeared in the 2nd Round and the very first time under their current name, having finally won a 1st Round tie as Ebbsfleet United at the eighth attempt. A win for Fleetwood Town would equal their best run in the competition.

Four National League sides face EFL opposition on Saturday afternoon. Dagenham and Redbridge are the only home side as they host Gillingham FC of EFL2. It’s their first meeting in the FA Cup although Gillingham did twice beat Dagenham FC in the competition in the past.

Barnet FC travel to EFL1 Accrington Stanley looking to avenge a 1-0 replay defeat from 13 years ago, whilst Chesterfield FC visit EFL2 AFC Wimbledon who have gone one round further in subsequent seasons for the last three years.

And last season’s last non-league club standing, Boreham Wood, go to EFL1 side Bristol Rovers looking to achieve the rare feat for a non-league club of reaching the 3rd Round for the 3rd successive season, although for the League side it would be the 4th successive season.

Two pairs of EFL clubs are meeting for the fourth time in the FA Cup, and in both cases past meetings have favoured one of the two sides. Sheffield Wednesday and Mansfield Town last met in the competition 32 years ago and the Owls have yet to concede against their opponents.

For the second successive round Barnsley FC face opponents whom they’ve beaten on all three previous occasions, with it being just two years since their third victory over Crewe Alexandra.

Walsall FC and Carlisle United have met twice before in FA Cup with one win apiece, but it’s 42 years since their last meeting in the competition. Shrewsbury Town and Peterborough United have also met twice in FA Cup before, also with one win apiece, but their last meeting in the competition occurred 57 years ago.

For Charlton Athletic and Stockport County you need to go back even further for their one and only previous FA Cup meeting back when the Addicks were the Cup holders in the 1947/48 season. Seventy-five years is a long time for the Hatters to have to wait to avenge that 3-0 defeat.

Oxford United and Exeter City are meeting for the first time in the FA Cup but theirs will be the 41st tie in the competition’s history between clubs containing an ‘x’ in their name. Likewise for Newport County and Derby County who’ve not met before in FA Cup, but theirs is only the 5th tie to involve two clubs with the County suffix in 150 years of FA Cup history.

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