Home ties for Felixstowe and Chelmsford in FA Cup draw

Rhys Barber heads clear for Felixstowe in their FA Cup win over Tilbury on Saturday

Rhys Barber heads clear for Felixstowe in their FA Cup win over Tilbury on Saturday - Credit: Archant

Chelmsford City and Felixstowe & Walton will both be at home in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup, which was drawn today.

The matches, to be played on Saturday, September 17 will see the Clarets entertain fellow Conference South side Dartford, while Felixstowe entertain another Conference South team, Bishop’s Stortford.

It’s a big test for Kevin O’Donnell’s Felixstowe side, playing against a side three Steps above them in the non-league pyramid.

However, a big crowd is guaranteed for the Dellwood Avenue club, for what will be an intriguing fixture.

For the region’s other sides still left in the FA Cup, Ryman Premier Division league leaders Leiston will travel to Surrey to play South Park of the Ryman South, a Step below Glenn Driver’s side – a match Leiston will be expected to win.

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Meanwhile AFC Sudbury are also on the road - to another Conference South side, Ebbsfleet.

The Suffolk side (in their previous guise as Sudbury Town before their merger with Sudbury Wanderers) were regular Southern League foes in the early 1990s against Ebbsfleet, but they have never met as AFC Sudbury.

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Witham Town, who had an excellent 3-0 win at Haringey Borough on Saturday, will travel to the winners of the Wantage/Beaconsfield tie, which is being played tonight (Monday), while Heybridge will have the little matter of a replay with AFC Dunstable to overcome on Wednesday night before they will have to take on Hampton & Richmond Borough in the next round.

The winners of second round qualifying ties receive £4,500

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