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FA Cup Second Round Preview- St Albans and Stockport ready to shock

An impressive 8 Non-League sides are set to continue their FA Cup journey this weekend. With the First Round producing some considerable surprises, it is set to be an entertaining set of fixtures.

Rotherham United Vs Stockport County- County look to mess with The Millers

League One high-flyers Rotherham United take on Stockport at the New York Stadium and will aim to avoid the same fate as Bolton. Having witnessed a giant-killing from their opponents in the previous round, United will be on red-alert.

County reached the Second Round against all odds, a 5-3 victory over Bolton at Edgeley Park sparked a bold statement from Dave Challinors side. After trailing by 2 goals inside of the opening 6 minutes, a brace from forward Scott Quigley, as well as a last-minute extra-time winner from Ollie Crankshaw stunned Bolton on what had looked like an oncoming thrashing from their close neighbours.

Rotherham turn up after a comfortable 3-0 win over National League side Bromley in the First Round; a performance manager Paul Wayne will look to replicate if they are to progress.

Challinor will be hungry for a famous victory in South Yorkshire and make it a second consecutive appearance for County at the Third Round stage; having lost narrowly to Premier League side West Ham United last season.

Betfred back Rotherham to progress, coming in at 1/2 to end County’s fantastic cup run. The Hatters are priced at 11/2 to provide a further shock and knock out another League One outfit.

Kidderminster Harriers Vs FC Halifax Town- Reds ready to shock The Shaymen

Halifax hope to reach the Third Round of the FA Cup and create further drive in what has been a successful season so far.

Currently 5th in the National League, manager Pete Wild will aim for his side to provide a real obstacle for Kidderminster, who are enjoying their own play-off push in the Northern Premier League.

The Shaymen last reached this stage of the competition during the 2018/2019 season, bowing out to a strong AFC Wimbledon side.

After a frantic 7-4 victory over Maidenhead United in the previous round, Wild will look to correct past defensive errors if they are to avoid trouble with Harriers top scorer Ashley Hemmings who has 9 goals in 15 games. The Harriers forward scored the sole goal against Grimsby Town to send them into this fixture.

In the victory over Maidenhead, 6 individual Halifax players scored, with forward Billy Waters scoring a brace. Waters currently sits in 4th position on the National League top scorers list, showcasing the danger he poses.

The away side are favourites to win, priced at 2/1 for Town fans to return home in good spirits. However, Kidderminster are not to be ruled out, with a home win coming in at 5/4.



Boreham Wood Vs St Albans City- Saints hope to shine light at Boreham

Standing proud as the only National League South side remaining in the FA Cup, St Albans City travel to Meadow Park in the other all Non-League showdown in the draw.

Boreham Wood enter the game off the back of impressive league form, having collected an unbeaten run of results since a 2-1 away loss to current league leaders Chesterfield in late October. After a solid 2-0 win over fellow division rivals Eastleigh, fuelled by a brace from Scott Boden, The Wood have clear intentions for wide-spread success this season.

City have impressed in their first FA Cup campaign since the 2016-2017 season, already making progress since their entertaining 5-3 First Round defeat to Carlisle United during that campaign. The Saints reach the 2nd Round after shocking League Two leaders Forest Green Rovers with a 3-2 home win at Clarence Park. A late-on winner from Shaun Jeffers was enough to claim victory after 4 first half goals between the sides looked to be sending the match to a replay.

Woods manager Luke Garrard will have full faith in his team, with a win here priced at 8/15 for the fifth-tier outfit. However, Ian Allison will be eager to make history for his Saints side, with an away win standing at 9/2 if you have faith in some more FA Cup magic.

Elsewhere in the Second round

The tournaments lowest-ranked remaining team Buxton FC host League Two side Morecambe in what is to be the biggest game in the Bucks’ recent history. The seventh-tier side came out as 1-0 winners against York City in the previous round; the sole goal coming from club top-scorer Diego De Girolamo.

Charlton Athletic travel to Tyneside to take on Gateshead of the Northern Premier League. Gateshead manager Mike Williamson will aim to use current league momentum to provide another shock here, currently unbeaten in their previous 5 league games before being knocked out by AFC Fylde in the FA Trophy. The Tynesiders beat Altrincham in the First Round replay with a last-gasp winner from forward Macauley Langstaff.

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