A step closer to Wembley-The FA Cup third round draw

It’s the third round draw for the FA Cup tonight.

The smaller clubs have had their chance at centre stage but now it’s time to welcome the heavyweights.

All but two of the second round games have been decided, Stockport County and Charlton Athletic along with Dagenham & Redbridge and Gillingham are set to replay each other on the 6th December.

The lowest ranked team in the second round was Alvechurch FC of the Southern Premier League Division Central, but their FA Cup campaign came to an end as they lost 3-1 to Forest Green Rovers.

Now the lowest ranked club in the FA Cup is Boreham Wood, They currently sit 11th in the Vanarama National League.

Boreham Wood will be hoping to repeat their FA Cup campaign of last year, they made it to the 5th round, knocking out AFC Wimbledon and AFC Bournemouth on the way.

Unfortunately, the county of Devon will have to look to next year’s FA Cup as all four clubs have been eliminated.

Plymouth Parkway got eliminated by Oxford City in the penultimate qualifying round, whilst Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City  got battered by Grimsby Town and Oxford United respectively.

Torquay United didn’t make it past the first round, a surperb 2-2 draw against Derby County meant they had to replay at Pride Park.

Derby County went on to win 5-0, bringing an end to The Gulls FA Cup campaign.

One team to watch going into the third round has to be Wrexham.

They’ve had a strong start so far, beating Oldham 2-0 in the first round and then beating Farnborough 4-1 on Saturday.

Their star striker Paul Mullin, who’s been a fan favourite since he arrived at the club, has already scored five goals in the cup and is in fine form.

Just how far can they go?

The Draw:

Preston North End vs Huddersfield Town

Middlesbrough vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Chesterfield vs West Bromwich Albion

Manchester City vs Chelsea

Charlton or Stockport vs Walsall

Boreham Wood vs Accrington Stanley

Tottenham Hotspur vs Portsmouth

Derby County vs Barnsley

Cardiff City vs Leeds United

Brentford vs West Ham United

AFC Bournemouth vs Burnley

Coventry City vs Wrexham

Norwich City vs Blackburn Rovers

Aston Villa vs Stevenage

Luton Town vs Wigan Athletic

Oxford United vs Arsenal

Fleetwood Town vs Queens Park Rangers

Liverpool vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Grimsby Town vs Burton Albion

Blackpool vs Nottingham Forest

Dagenham & Redbridge or Gillingham vs Leicester City

Forest Green Rovers vs Birmingham City

Bristol City vs Swansea City

Hartlepool United vs Stoke City

Hull City vs Fulham

Crystal Palace vs Southampton

Millwall vs Sheffield United

Shrewsbury Town vs Sunderland

Sheffield Wednesday vs Newcastle United

Manchester United vs Everton

Reading vs Watford

Ipswich Town vs Rotherham United

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