The second round draw in the FA Cup has not been too kind to the remaining non league clubs but has thrown up one potentially very intriguing tie giving the prospect of Wimbledon old v Wimbledon new. Both the MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon will have to negotiate potentially tricky replays, however if they do then the original FA Cup winning Wimbledon, now known as the MK Dons since their defection to Milton Keynes, could face their revived namesake.
AFC Wimbledon was formed by disgruntled fans following this move and they have steadily progressed through the pyramid system and now have a realistic chance of playing league football withing a year or two. This would be their first meeting if they both win through.
The Smallest surviving club Swindon Supermarine have been handed a tough tie away to Colchester and either Corby or Luton will be hoping for a glamour tie away at Charlton who were a Premier League side not to long ago. Conference big spenders Crawley Town have a winnable home tie with Swindon and FC United of Manchester who had a good win at Rochdale have a tough trip to Brighton (assuming they dispose of Woking of course) .
The big shock winners of the 1st round were Dover and they will be quietly confident of being able to give a good account of themselves again in round two when the face Aldershot or Brentford at home. This should attract a decent crowd for them too.
The draw as at 9/11/10
Sheffield Wednesday v Northampton Town
Burton Albion v Chesterfield
Cambridge Utd/Huddersfield Town v Macclesfield Town/Southend Utd
AFC Wimbledon/Ebbsfleet United v Stevenage/MK Dons
Hartlepool United/Vauxhall Motors v Yeovil
Bury v Stockport County/Peterborough United
Notts County v Bournemouth
Droylsden v Dagenham & Redbridge/Leyton Orient
Crawley Town v Swindon Town
Brighton & Hove Albion/Woking v FC United of Manchester
Southampton v Cheltenham Town
Torquay United v Fleetwood Town/Walsall
Barnet/Charlton Athletic v Corby Town/Luton Town
Colchester United v Swindon Supermarine
Hereford United v Lincoln City
Dartford/Port Vale v Accrington Stanley
Wycombe Wanderers v Chelmsford City
Carlisle United v Tamworth
Dover Athletic v Brentford/Aldershot Town
Darlington v Rotherham United/York City
Hythe & Tipton both lost heavily in their FA Cup 1st round ties at the weekend. Hythe Town who were the lowest ranked club still surviving in this years FA Cup lost 5-1 away to Hereford United who were 4-1 up at half time. Still they had their moment of glory when they pulled the score s back to 2-1 mid way through the 1st half.
Tipton Town felt the backlash of their confident comments made in the local press and Carlisle set out with real purpose hitting 5 goals before half time. They eased off a little in the second half and the 6-0 scoreline was a fair reflection of a game in which Tipton didn’t manage a shot on target. Still their players will have enjoyed their day and the 4,241 crowd will probably be the biggest the club has attracted.
Both clubs can be very proud of their achievements this year and the money generated by their cup runs should hopefully secure both clubs future for a few years at least.
Carlisle United will now play Conference side Tamworth in round two while Hereford also have another home draw against Lincoln City.
Arsenal failed to clinch a place in the last 16 of the Champions League last night after Eduardo’s goal proved enough to give Shakhtar Donetsk a 2-1 win. It looked like Arsenal would break Shakhtar’s long unbeaten home record with some ease after Walcott struck after 10 minutes, however from then on Shakhtar looked the better team and it was left to one time Gunners hero Eduardo to grab the winner late in the first half.
This was a much under strength Arsenal team and they can sew up their last 16 place with a point away to Braga in their next match.
A tremendous performance by Gareth Bale inspired Spurs to a monumental 3-1 win over defending champions Inter Milan last night and moved them to within touching distance of a place in the last 16. Now a win at home to Werder Bremen on 24th November will secure them a place as they are ahead of FC Twente on group results. Gareth Bale was outstanding again and a repeat of last nights display will be sufficient to secure the dream.
In the other games involving British clubs Manchester United had an easy win in Turkey against Bursapour while Rangers were well beaten in Valencia. Now Rangers will need a miracle to qualify although a place in the Europa league looks probable thanks to United’s win.
Manchester United travel to Turkey tonight to face Bursaspor knowing a win will practically guarantee them a place in the last 16, however despite the Turks poor showing this is not a given and expect Alex Ferguson to put out a strong side. Man Utd should scrape this one.
Rangers will probably play for a draw in Valencia and this is a tactic which has backfired on Scottish clubs a lot this year. A win for Man Utd tonight coupled with a draw for Rangers would just about guarantee Rangers a Europa League place at least but they will do well to get a draw here.
Tottenham were totally outclassed for 45 minutes against Inter but showed a lot of spirit to come away with a credible 4-3 defeat. Now with the backing of their home fans they can take a massive step towards the last 16 with a win against the reigning champions. Spurs are playing quite well and they can win this one.
So overall despite the ties looking hard we expect a win for Spurs & United and a disapointing narrow loss for Rangers.