Written by Connor Lawson

The most romantic weekend in English football returns this weekend. 48 sides from League One and Two were joined by 32 non-league sides.

With just one game remaining tomorrow night, it seems like a good time to look back at the weekend that was.

It was a weekend of 131 goals, five wins for non-league teams, pitch invasions and controversial decisions.

Upsets

National League outfit Macclesfield Town beat Walsall away from home thanks to a John McCombe first half header. Whilst there weren’t really any other big upsets, quite a few non-league sides earned replays against higher level opposition. Boreham Wood and Maidstone United, both National League sides picked up draws against Notts County and Rochdale respectively.

Southern League Division One side Taunton Town also got a replay against National League Barrow. Brackley Town drew away to Gillingham, as did Dover at Cambridge. Eastleigh drew at home to Swindon, Solihull forced a replay against Yeovil and the lowest ranked team in the competition, Westfields, conceded late on at home to Curzon Ashton to take the two sides to a replay.

Goals goals goals

I’ve already mentioned there were 131 goals in the First Round (with some more to come tomorrow night, hopefully). Nine of those goals came at Dartford as they fell to a 6-3 defeat to Sutton United, eight goals were scored in one of the games I went to, St. Albans vs Carlisle, which saw the League Two side win 5-3.

National League side Braintree hammered Eastbourne 7-0 at home, and six goals were scored at Sheffield United, Northampton and Stockport.

Non-league farewells

Five non-league teams progressed to the Second Round, fifteen earned replays, but eleven were knocked out. Merstham, who sit in tier 7 of the English football pyramid, were convincingly beaten 5-0 by Oxford.

Also in tier 7, Stamford, Spennymoor, Harrow and Chesham were all knocked out by league opposition. Whitehawk would argue Stourbridge should have been another tier 7 team knocked out, but the referee blew his full-time whistle as the home side scored a sweet volley.

Two games I went to…

I went to a game on both Saturday and Sunday, as I tried to make the most of one of my favourite weekends of the football calendar. On Saturday, I went to see MK Dons vs Spennymoor Town. The home side were three up in fifteen minutes but Spennymoor got a goal before half-time, and in the second period, got a second and put their all into trying to force a replay, but to no avail. The travelling support was fantastic and made plenty of noise. Their players were clapped off at the end by their adoring away supporters and, indeed, the home supporters. Spennymoor fans will have gone back home very proud of their side.

The second game I saw was St Albans City vs Carlisle. It was a fantastic atmosphere at Clarence Park, and the home side took the lead through a spectacular strike from Junior Morais. They were pegged back just before the break before Carlisle took the lead in the second half. City struck back with Morais again, but three goals in twelve minutes for the visitors, including two Jabo Ibhere headers, put the game to bed. St Albans did get a brilliant goal late on through Louie Theophanous, but it was all too little, too late.

Second Round draw

The draw for the next round will take place on Monday night ahead of the Southport vs Fleetwood game at around 7:10pm on BT Sport. The ball numbers are as follows:

  1. Sheffield United
  2. Millwall
  3. Dagenham & Redbridge or Halifax Town
  4. Oxford United
  5. Taunton Town or Barrow
  6. Southport or Fleetwood Town
  7. Yeovil Town or Solihull Moors
  8. Woking
  9. Sutton United
  10. Macclesfield Town
  11. Port Vale
  12. Northampton Town
  13. Cambridge United or Dover Athletic
  14. Westfields or Curzon Ashton
  15. Milton Keynes Dons
  16. Gillingham or Brackley Town
  17. Alfreton Town or Newport County
  18. Wycombe Wanderers
  19. Maidstone United or Rochdale
  20. Bury or AFC Wimbledon
  21. Carlisle United
  22. Boreham Wood or Notts County
  23. Plymouth Argyle
  24. Braintree Town
  25. Hartlepool United
  26. Bolton Wanderers
  27. Accrington Stanley
  28. Oldham Athletic
  29. Eastleigh or Swindon Town
  30. Shrewsbury Town
  31. Morecambe or Coventry City
  32. Crawley Town or Bristol Rovers
  33. Whitehawk or Stourbridge
  34. Chesterfield
  35. Lincoln City
  36. Luton Town
  37. Charlton Athletic
  38. Cheltenham Town or Crewe Alexandra
  39. Peterborough United
  40. Blackpool

Did you go to an FA Cup at the weekend? What is your favourite round of the competition? Let us know in the comments below!

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