Monday, 13 October 2014


Burgess Hill Town now proudly fly the flag for the Division One (South) sides. They recorded a fantastic victory and giant killing at Conference South side Sutton United on Saturday. Scott Kirkwood, Greg Luer and Dan Perry were the goal scoring heroes for The Hillians who make the trip to Conference Premier side Dartford in the next round.

Redhill were knocked out by Southern Counties East League side Greenwich Borough on Sunday. Greenwich currently play at Dartford's Princess Park stadium and qualify for this stage of the tournament for the first time in their history. They play the winners of the Leamington v Worcester City midweek replay.

Dartford (19th in Conference Premier) v BURGESS HILL TOWN

Needham Market (lost at home to Witham Town), Waltham Abbey (lost away to Harrow Borough) and Aveley, who were defeated by Willand Rovers, all left the competition at the weekend.  Aveley made the long trip to Devon to face one of the lowest ranked side left in the competition. Rovers, who play in the Step 5 Toolstation Western League Premier Division, won 3-2 on the day. To get through to the Fourth Qualifying Round they have defeated Radstock Town, Odd Down, Saltash United, Blackfield and Langley (after a replay) and now Aveley. Willand Rovers play Maidenhead United or Gosport Borough in the next round.

WITHAM TOWN v Weston-Super-Mare (20th in Conference South)
Evesham United (11th in the Southern League S&W) v GRAYS ATHLETIC or Bromley
CANVEY ISLAND v Havant and Waterlooville (3rd in Conference South)
MAIDSTONE UNITED v Welling United (17th in Conference Premier)
EAST THURROCK UNITED v Bath City (15th in Conference South) or Shortwood United (9th in Southern League S&W)
Basingstoke Town (1st in the Conference South) v HARROW BOROUGH

Witham Town's victory at Needham Market made a little bit of history for the club as it's the Fourth Qualifying Round is the furthest they have ever been in the competition now. They entertain Conference South side Weston-Super-Mare in the next round.

Canvey Island reached this stage of the competition last season and are now just one game away from the First Round Proper they last reached as a Conference National side in 2004/05 when they lost at Aldershot Town 0-4. The Islanders fans will have fond memories of their famous cup runs in 1995 (lost 1-4 at Brighton and HA in the First Round), 2000 (lost to Southend United in a Second Round replay after beating football league side Port Vale), 2001 (lost to Burnley in the Third Round after beating Northampton Town and Wigan Athletic) and 2003 when they lost to Southend United in a First Round replay 2-3. The Islanders have also been drawn at home to a Conference South side in Havant and Waterlooville who beat Wingate and Finchley in the last round.

Maidstone United have equalled the round the new club have ever reached. They got to the Fourth Qualifying Round back in 2008 when AFC Wimbledon beat them 0-1. The old club used the reach the rounds proper on regular occasions in the 1970s and 1980s. In season 1980/81 The Stones played an amazing evleven games in the cup to reach the Third Round proper including three games versus Kettering Town in the first round and another three against Kent rival's Gillingham in the second round. Their game versus Conference Premier side Welling United will no doubt be one of the best attended games in the Fourth Qualifying Round - The Wings will certainly not relish their trip to The Gallagher Stadium.

The Rocks of East Thurrock United are now only one stage from the First Round Proper they made in 2011 when they lost to then football league side Macclesfield Town at Rookery Hill. The face the winners of the Bath City v Shortwood United replay at home.

Harrow Borough are now bidding to reach the First Round Proper for the third time in their history. In 2000 they lost at Wycombe Wanderers and more recently in 2010 they lost at home to Chesterfield. They have a tough trip Basingstoke Town who are currently top in the Conference South at the moment.

Grays Athletic last reached the First Round as a Conference National side in 2008 with a long trip to Carlisle United. The Cumbrian side won the replay at The Recreation Ground 0-2. They replay at Conference South side Bromley on Tuesday evening. If Jody Brown's side get through they go to Southern League South and West side Evesham United in the next round.

The games take place on the weekend of Saturday 25th October.

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