Colchester United drawn at home to Chesterfield

Players are led out by the Royal British Legion before the start of the U's FA Cup first round tie a

Players are led out by the Royal British Legion before the start of the U's FA Cup first round tie at Wealdstone last season. The U's will entertain Chesterfield at the same stage this season. - Credit: Richard Blaxall/Focus Images Ltd

Colchester United have been drawn at home to Chesterfield in the first round of the FA Cup.

The draw was made this evening, and John McGreal’s men will entertain the League One Spireites.

Chesterfield are struggling in the third tier, losing 1-0 at Southend on Saturday to sink into the relegation zone.

They are fourth from bottom, with just three wins from 12 league games, and so the U’s will fancy their chances of progressing into round two.

Last season, the U’s won at non-league Wealdstone in round one, before going on to play Tottenham in the fourth round, losing 4-1 to the Premier League giants.

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The U’s have played Chesterfield just once in the FA Cup, back in the 1958-59 season. They won this third round tie by a 2-0 scoreline on January 10, 1959. England legend Gordon Banks was in goal for the Spireites that day.

Meanwhile, Braintree Town will host Eastbourne Borough in the first round. Iron beat Bromley 4-2 in the fourth qualifying round last Saturday.

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Iron are stuck in the National League relegation zone after a poor start to the season, featuring just two league wins.

But Hakan Hayrettin’s Essex side will hope to progress past Eastbourne, who are 13th in National League South.

However, Eastbourne did record an eye-catching 2-1 win at National League hosts Aldershot in Saturday’s fourth qualifying round tie.

All the first round ties will be played over the long weekend (November 4-7).

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