Bury AFC and Anstey Nomads are amongst the sides looking to cause an FA Cup shock this weekend, with a place in the First Round Proper up for grabs.
With the promised land of the First Round just around the corner for non-league teams, an action-packed weekend of FA Cup action is expected.
As the National League sides enter the fold, we look ahead to the Fourth Qualifying Round and which matches you should look out for in the competition this weekend.
In their previous form, Bury AFC were no strangers to the FA Cup, with the original side from the North West town lifting the famous trophy on two occasions.
This weekend the phoenix club will welcome York City in the FA Cup, for what is shaping up to be the biggest game in their relatively short history.
While the rumours surrounding Bury AFC’s future rumble on, Saturday’s clash represents an opportunity to make a statement in the competition by knocking out fifth-tier opposition.
For York, they were on the end of an FA Cup shock of their own last season, losing to at the time Northern Premier League outfit Buxton, with the Minstermen keen to avoid any more upsets this weekend.
Two teams at very different ends of the non-league pyramid, ninth-tier Anstey Nomads will host National League Chesterfield in a historic meeting at Cropston Road.
The side from the United Counties League Premier Division North have battled hard to reach this stage and have been rewarded with a tie against a National League title contender.
Anstey do boast some experience within their ranks, with former Premier League goalkeeper Conrad Logan as Director of Football at the Leicestershire side.
Paul Cook’s Chesterfield side will enter the weekend clash as heavy favourites, but with the pressure of a televised clash, don’t look beyond an Anstey cup-set on Saturday.
Having progressed through three rounds of qualifying, Coalville Town will look to continue their impressive FA Cup run with the scalp of ex-EFL side Notts County.
Adam Stevens’ Coalville side have already beaten moneybags Macclesfield in their run to the Fourth Qualifying Round, but face their toughest task yet against the National League leaders.
It’s the first time in 18 years Coalville have reached the Fourth Qualifying Round, but the Southern League Premier Division Central outfit won’t want to throw away their chance of reaching the First Round Proper.
Notts County have only failed to qualify for the First Round Proper in one of their campaigns as a non-league side and the Magpies will be fancied to reach that stage once more this season.
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