A number of Essex football teams have discovered their opponents in the FA Cup second round qualifying after the draw was made at Wembley Stadium earlier today.
At this stage in the competition, clubs from the National League North and National League South enter the frame.
That includes four Essex sides who currently compete in step two of the National League pyramid: Billericay Town, Braintree Town, Chelmsford City and Concord Rangers. The quartet also join East Thurrock United, who require a replay against Peterborough Sports, Canvey Island, Bowers & Pitsea, Basildon United and Maldon & Tiptree.
Chelmsford City will head to Isthmian League Premier Division side Corinthian-Casuals in the second round qualifying.
James Bracken’s side are currently second-from-bottom of the league, having not won in the league so far this season. The Casuals’ only two points of the term have come from two away draws.
The Clarets are without a victory away from home soil; however, they’ll hope that victory in the cup can be the turning point to their season’s fortunes.
Elsewhere in the county
There is an all-Essex tie at Billericay Town’s New Lodge after Basildon United progressed to the second round qualifying with a 2-1 win over Isthmian North rivals Coggeshall Town.
Concord Rangers will make the trip to Isthmian Premier League side Margate. The Kent side overcame Horsham YMCA with a late winner to reach the second preliminary round.
Glenn Driver’s Braintree Town will make a short trip around the M25 to Enfield Town. The E’s beat AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1-0 on Saturday.
Bowers & Pitsea will be on the road for the first time in the FA Cup this season. Rob Small’s side came from behind to beat Brentwood Town and will face either Leatherhead or Lewis in the next round.
East Thurrock United and Canvey Island require replays to reach the second round qualifying. The Rocks will visit Bishop’s Stortford if they can defeat Peterborough Sports; Mark Bentley’s Gulls will head to St Ives Town if they can beat Waltham Abbey.
Second-round qualifying ties will take place over the weekend of 20-22 September.
Winning clubs will earn £6,750 from The FA prize fund; losing clubs will receive £2,250.