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FA Cup | Stockport amongst hopefuls as four non-league sides in action

Seven non-league sides are guaranteed a spot in the FA Cup Second Round draw, whilst a further four will look to progress during Sunday’s action.

By Amos Murphy

Challinor reign begins with trip to Bolton

Dave Challinor’s reign as the new Stockport County manager will begin with a visit to League One Bolton Wanderers, who the Hatters have lost one of their last five away games against.

County let go of ex-boss Simon Rusk just under two weeks ago, securing the signature of Challinor ahead of the short journey North.

Whilst the former Hartlepool United manager’s biggest target will be taking Stockport back to the Football League, a 5,000 strong contingent of County supporters will be present for what is set to be one of the clashes of the weekend.

Despite their positive record away to Bolton, the pair haven’t met at the home of the Wanderers since 2002, with Betfred pricing a Hatters’ win at 19/5.

Stratford summon up courage for Shrewsbury showdown

Stratford Town of the Southern League Premier Division Central will host one of their biggest matches in the club’s history when Shrewsbury travel to Knights Lane for the pair’s First Round tie.

A Fourth Qualifying Round victory over National League North side Boston United three weeks ago confirmed Stratford’s maiden place in the FA Cup First Round.

No non-league side managed to beat their Football League opposition during Saturday’s FA Cup fixtures, with Stratford looking to extend an already historic cup run.

Lengthy outsiders at 7/1 to win the game in 90-minutes, if you fancy Stratford to sneak a result, they come in at 21/10 to avoid defeat against the League One side.

St. Albans look to uproot Forest Green

St. Albans City of the National League South will take on League Two leaders Forest Green Rovers in front of the BBC cameras on Sunday evening.

Like Forest Green, St. Albans are chasing promotion themselves and are currently two points behind table-toppers Dartford, with two games in hand over the Kent-based club.

If the Football League side are to live up to expectation and swat aside their non-league opposition, they’ll have to become the first team in 14 attempts to beat St. Albans in a competitive fixture.

Such a dazzling run has got the Saints’ faithful dreaming of a famous ‘cup-set’, with City priced at 8/1 to take the win, whilst the draw after 90-minutes comes in at 5/2.

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