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FA Cup: Third Round Qualifying Preview

All sides return to FA Cup action this weekend after playing in the last round just two weeks ago. In the next round, National League Premier sides come in to the draw giving clubs a lot to play for.

All sides will be dreaming for a big club in the next round to attract the attendances. At this level, that would mean so much for all clubs meaning this round there is a lot to play for. Here our the biggest games ahead of this weekend in my opinion:

St Albans v Bridport

Bridport are currently the joint lowest ranked team still left in the competition. After a 2-2 draw with Cadbury Heath in the last round, they beat them in the replay. The replay again finished 2-2 but Bridport found a winner to nick it in extra time. St Albans, on the other hand, are one of the strongest teams in at this stage. They currently sit third in the National League South, the joint highest league in it currently. If Bridport were to win it would be a huge shock. But even if they were to get a replay, it would mean so much for the club.

South Shields v York

This game pits the FA Vase winners against the FA Trophy winners. After their historic quadruple last year, South Shields currently sit top of of the Evo-Stik North with eight wins in nine and look set for the title again. After thrashing Darlington away 4-1 in the last round they’ll be looking for the same again against one of the biggest clubs in it at this stage, York City. The National League North side currently sit 7th and will look for promotion back up at the first time of asking. They’ll be looking for victory after an impressive win at Salford in the last round.

Hungerford v Billericay

Moneybags Billericay unsurprisingly sit top of the Isthmian League. After buying the likes of Paul Konchesky, Jermaine Pennant and Jamie O’Hara they have won eight league games in a row now and this will be their biggest challenge yet. They travel to Hungerford who sit 15th in the National League South and it will be interesting to see the level Billericay are really at.

Ashton Athletic v Chorley

Ashton face what is one of the biggest games ever in their club’s history. The side not only face a team three steps above them in the Non League pyramid but it is also the chosen match to be streamed on BBC’s website. Ashton thrashed Albion Sports 4-0 in the last round and will set a record for their furthest ever FA Cup run. Chorley meanwhile will be just looking to get the job done being the huge favourites for this. They beat Stalybridge 3-1 in the last round.

Stafford Rangers v Telford

Telford currently sit 15th in the National League North and face a trip to Stafford Rangers of the Northern Premier League Division. The match is a local derby meaning it will be fiercely contested by both sides. Stafford in the last round beat their other local rivals Tamworth and now will be looking to do the same again. Telford beat Barwell at home 2-0 in the last round to get to this stage.

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