Baptism Of Fire For Takeley In First FA Cup Game

Takeley played their first ever game in the FA Cup this weekend against Hertford Town, however it was to be no fairy tale as they crashed out 4-0 at home to the Spartan South Midlands League side. Hopefully thy will; learn from this and they will play their second ever FA Cup Game in next seasons tournament.

The biggest winners of the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round were New Mills who beat fellow Vodkat Premier Division Alsager Town 10-2. New Mills have had a fairly good pre-season performing well in narrow defeats to Witton Albion and an Oldham Athletic select side, and will fancy their chances at home to Chadderton on 28th August.

Last seasons FA Vase winners Whitley Bay face a trip to either Bishop Auckland or Consett, and their opponents in last years Vase Final Wroxham will play Ely City following their convincing 5-1 win at home to Rothwell Corinthians. This will be no easy game though as Ely were also convincing winners at the weekend themselves.

A Full list of results and forthcoming fixtures is available here.

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Walk Overs for Three Teams in the FA Cup Preliminary Rounds

Sadly at least 3 sets of fans will not get the chance to cheer their team in the FA Cup this season as Nelson, Ledbury Town & Ashford Town all pulled out of their Preliminary FA Cup ties giving Walk Over results to their opponents.

In Nelsons case the club sadly lost its long time supporter and father of its current chairman Richard Pickering which has led to the club being put up for sale. Naturally at a time like this the FA Cup is not top priority.

Ashford are facing financial difficulties and are unlikely to play  in any competition this season and Ledbury have not yet made any announcement and their web site has not been updted for over 2 weeks. Hopefully they are not facing financial problems of the same magnitude as Ashford.

The teams who advance without kicking a ball are:

Castle Vale , Atherton and either Erith Town or Colliers Wood United the winner of this tie being due to have faced Ashford in the Preliminary round.

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Estonia Grab Last Gasp Win In EUEO 2012 Qualifers

Estonia  earned a dramatic 2-1 win over the Faroe Islands in their Euro 2012 group C qualifier in Tallinn. After trailing 1-0 for much of the match Kaimar Saag grabbed the equaliser and in the 93rd minute Raio Piiroja scored again to give them all 3 points.


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Accrington Get Plum League Cup Second Round Draw

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Accrington Stanley’s reward for their first ever away win in the League Cup, a fine extra time victory at Doncaster is a plum tie at home to Premier League Newcastle, which should assure them a bumper crowd. This was Accrington’s first ever away win in the league cup

Other interesting ties include:

Blackburn v Norwich and Leeds v Leicester,  which would have been Premier league fixtures a few years ago.

As the ties are still seeded several smaller clubs have been rewarded for their 1st round performances and Southend who have survived an administration order will be very pleased with a potentially money spinning trip to Wolves.

The full draw:

Accrington Stanley v Newcastle

Birmingham v Rochdale

Blackburn v Norwich

Bradford v Preston

Brentford v Hull

Crewe v Ipswich

Everton v Huddersfield

Fulham v Port Vale

Hartlepool v Wigan

Leeds United v Leicester

Leyton Orient v West Brom

MK Dons v Blackpool

Millwall v Middlesbrough

Morecambe v Burnley

Peterborough v Cardiff

Portsmouth v Crystal Palace

Reading v Northampton

Scunthorpe v Sheff Wed

Southampton v Bolton

Stoke v Shrewsbury

Sunderland v Colchester

Tranmere v Swansea

Watford v Notts County

West Ham v Oxford Utd

Wolverhampton v Southend

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Hartlepool Get Home Tie With Wigan After Great League Cup Win

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Hartlepool have been rewarded with a home tie against Premier League Wigan after beating Sheffield United in their League Cup 1st round tie. Sheffield United put out a strong team but their lower league opponents created the better scoring chances and Hartlepool were good value for their 2-0 win.

The other nights ties went more to form, although both Cardiff & Reading needed extra time to ensure their victories.

Cardiff scored 3 times in extra time against Burton for a 4-1 win while Reading had Grzegorz Rasiak to thank for their hard fought win when he grabbed the winner in injury time at the end of extra time.

Readings reward is a winnable home tie against Northampton while Cardiff have a slightly trickier looking trip to Peterborough in the second round.

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Burton Albion Without Jacques Maghoma In League Cup Tie

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The final three Carling (League) Cup matches tonight look likely to go to the Championship sides, all of whom will be hoping for promotion this season. The caveat to this being that they should win if they put out full squads. If the reserves and or youth players turn up it could be a different matter. Hopefully they will treat the League Cup with a bit of respect and play to win rather than focus on their promotion efforts this early in the season.

Cardiff who lost a thrilling  Play Off Final to Blackpool take on Burton Albion who will be without midfielder Jacques Maghoma, as he  is away on international duty with DR Congo for their friendly match with Egypt. It is unusual for the lower league side to be the one weakened by international call ups, and unless Cardiff are not interested in the Carling Cup and put out a reserve squad then they should be far too strong for a weakened Burton side.

Reading travel to Torquay who are expected to struggle a bit in League 2 this season, and it will probably rival Bradford & Port Vales results as shock of the round if Torquay manage to pull off a win.

Sheffield United are not the best of travelers but should be too strong for Hartlepool who will be without defender Neil Austin. Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell however is expecting to make some changes and if he puts out a weakened team this could be the surprise of the night

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Easy Wins for Leeds, Norwich Watford & Preston In League Cup

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In a night of surprise results Leeds Norwich Watford & Preston showed their peers how to deal with potentially tricky ties against lower league clubs.

Leeds who are still smarting from their opening championship game defeat to Derby wasted no time in showing Lincoln City that there was going to be no upset with 2 goals in the opening 7 minutes. They went on to win 4-0 without really getting out of second gear.

Norwich who like Leeds were promoted last season had an equally emphatic looking win over Gillingham, although the game was closer than it looked and Gillingham were the first to score but  two goals from Grant Holt gave Norwich some breathing space and the 4th goal in injury time slightly flattered the Canaries.

Preston traveled to financially struggling Stockport and after a a slightly stuttering first half they took control in the second and ran out justifiably easy winners.

Watford looked to have a tricky tie at Aldershot but came through it easily thanks to two goals by ex Carlisle striker Danny Graham who is starting to look like an inspired signing. Of all the teams mentioned this was probably the most impressive result.

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Good Night For Lower League Clubs In League Cup

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It was a good night for League 2 in the Carling (League) Cup 1st round last night with some great wins against Championship teams and a couple of honourable mentions due for great performances against League 1 clubs.

Result of the night goes to Bradford who beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 in extra time. Given Forest are one of favourites for promotion to the Premier League this was a stunning performance.

Port Vale ran Bradford close in the result of the night stakes thanks to a 3-1 win away at QPR who are again fancied to do well in the Championship this season.  Vale were good value for their win having the better of the possession and chances and were 3-0 up at one stage.

Financially strapped Southend had a nice win over Bristol City who did field a slightly below strength team choosing to rest David James. They had to come from behind and in doing gave boss Paul Sturrock a rare win.

Performance of the night has to go to Shrewsbury who battled back from 3-0 down to beat a good Charlton side 4-3. To be fair Charlton can feel slightly aggrieved having looked the better team throughout.

Morecambe had one of their best wins since becoming a league club beating Coventry 2-0 while Accrington Stanley also recorded a good win at Doncaster and Crewe beat Derby 1-0.

Rochdale who are celebrating a rare season outside of the bottom flight won 1-0 at Championship side Barnsley who like Charlton will feel a bit hard done by having had enough chances to have won easily.

Finally any report on memorable performances would not be complete without mentioning Oxford United who produced the nights best score winning 6-1 over League One  Bristol Rovers. Oxford who returned to the league this season could be contenders for a second successive promotion judging by this performance.

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Nottingham Forest Crash Out Of League Cup

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In the nights biggest shock Nottingham Forest who are expected to challenge for a place in the Premier League this season lost 2-1 to League 2 side Bradford City in the Carling Cup 1st round. Despite taking a first half lead and having a hat full of chances four times League Cup winners Forest never managed to kill off the game and paid the penalty when second half substitute James Hanson scrambled in the winner in extra time.

This was a great result for Bradford City given that Forest put out a strong team and judging by their manager Billy Davies angry reaction to his players efforts they had expected to win. Now they will be hoping for another home draw in round two. Round two will include Premier League clubs who are not competing in Europe so another big night is possible.

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2010-11 League Cup First Round Kicks Off Tonight

The quest for the 2011 League (Carling) Cup gets underway tonight with 31 1st round ties taking place. At this stage there are no replays so the matches will be settled via extra time or Penalties if required.

Although it has been seeded there are still some interesting ties with the Nottingham Forests trip to League 2 Bradford amongst the picks. Other ties sure to generate some national interest include, Middlesborough who are currently favourites for the Championship who go to Chesterfield, Leeds who take on Lincoln City, Ipswich who have a potentially tricky trip to Exeter and Leicester who will entertain Macclesfield.

Although there are usually a few surprise results the Championship teams do look likely to have a good night. If there is to be a bit of an upset it could come at Carlisle who could just edge out big spending Huddersfield who will have ex Carlisle Favourite Joe Garner in their line up.

The full list of tonight’s ties:


Aldershot v Watford
Barnsley v Rochdale
Bradford v Nottm Forest
Brentford v Cheltenham
Carlisle v Huddersfield
Chesterfield v Middlesbrough
Crewe v Derby
Doncaster v Accrington Stanley
Exeter v Ipswich
Hereford v Colchester
Leeds United v Lincoln City
Leicester v Macclesfield
MK Dons v Dag & Redbridge
Morecambe v Coventry
Northampton v Brighton
Norwich v Gillingham
Oxford Utd v Bristol Rovers
Peterborough v Rotherham
Plymouth v Notts County
QPR v Port Vale
Scunthorpe v Oldham
Sheff Wed v Bury
Shrewsbury v Charlton
Southampton v Bournemouth
Southend v Bristol City
Stockport v Preston
Swansea v Barnet
Swindon v Leyton Orient
Walsall v Tranmere
Wycombe v Millwall
Yeovil v Crystal Palace

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