Oxford City visit Salisbury in FA Cup + North Leigh at home and Banbury postponed
OXFORD City are aiming to continue a proud recent record in the Emirates FA Cup when they travel to Salisbury in the second qualifying round tomorrow.
The Vanarama National League South club have reached the first round proper in four of the last five campaigns, even progressing to the second round in 2017/18 and 2020/21.
Last season was the anomaly, when City were dropped at this stage by Pitching into Southern League Division One side Frome Town.
Salisbury are playing at a higher level than Somerset and head coach Ross Jenkins is wary of another upset as they target a run in the competition.
“Every club at our level cherishes these cup races,” he said.
“For the club, the fans, the community and the players, it’s a very good competition.
“You have to approach it correctly, as we know from last season. Hope we have a good race.
City have lost their last three games in the National League South, losing 1-0 at Chippenham Town and Chelmsford City.
Meanwhile, Banbury United’s second qualifying round at Stratford Town has been postponed.
The game was due to take place tomorrow, but has been moved to Tuesday September 20 following a request from local police and Stratford-on-Avon District Council.
If the draw requires a replay, it will be played the following week.
Andy Whing’s side have reached the first round proper for the past two seasons.
Remarkably, their previous first-round runs were also consecutive, in 1972/73 and 1973/74.
This means reaching that stage again this season would be unprecedented for the club.
Elsewhere, North Leigh will host Premier South counterparts Plymouth Parkway in their second qualifying round tomorrow.
The visitors beat Didcot Town in their first qualifying round, while the Millers also needed two attempts to overtake AFC Stoneham.
Midfielder Jordan Thomas said: “We know it will be a different test and we will go into the game knowing full well that we will have to put in a professional performance to progress to the next qualifying round.”