It’s an FA Cup weekend for minnows

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It’s the start of the long road that leads to Wembley this weekend with the Extra-Preliminary round of the FA Cup.

The qualifying rounds are regionalised to help with the travelling costs of the smaller non-league clubs hence a number of clubs facing familiar opponents.

AFC Emley kick-off tonight, hosting in-form Baris Premier Division Hall Road Rangers.

Parkgate will be aiming to kick start their season by delivering a knockout blow to Division One opponents Grimsby Borough at Green Lane. The Steelmen have lost all three outings, whilst the visitors are undefeated in three.

Having made a poor start to the season, Hallam face a difficult tie at Scarborough Athletic. The Blues have lost all three matches so far this season following a 2-0 defeat at Hemsworth in mid-week whilst their Premier Division hosts will be looking for a second successive home victory after a 4-2 win over Parkgate on the opening day.

Staveley MW entertain Winterton Rangers just a week after beating the Scunthorpe side 2-1 at Inkersall Road in the league. The visitors will be intent on revenge but Staveley have made a great start with Tuesday’s 1-0 victory at Liversedge in the League Cup making it four wins from four.

Maltby Main too have made a good start with the Miners undefeated in three games. Steve Adams side will be confident of extending that run against Division One Glasshoughton Welfare at Muglet Lane, who are without a win in three.

Armthorpe Welfare will be out for revenge when they go to Nostell MW just five days after the hosts dumped them out of the League Cup 5-2 at the Crofton Community Centre.

Retford United will be confident of continuing their good start against Midland Alliance League side Gresley at Cannon Park. The Badgers have taken maximum points from their two league outings without conceding a goal, while Gresley are in mid-table of their respective division.

Rossington Main should be in buoyant mood ahead of their trip to North West Counties League side Silsden following a thumping 7-4 League Cup success over Glasshoughton earlier in the week.

Askern Villa face a big ask to avoid a third defeat on the spin at Premier Division leaders Thackley who are unbeaten in four. There are just a couple of league games taking placed where in Division One; Handsworth can go top by making it five wins on the spin in all competitions at the expense of new-boys Worksop Parramore, while Worsbrough Bridge Athletic go to bottom of the table Teversal.