COD ARMY NET HOME CUP-TIE
Uwe’s troops to face Hereford
FLEETWOOD Town boss Uwe Rosler is looking forward to home comforts after his side squeezed past Chorley in the FA Cup first round.
The Cod Army looked set to make an early exit when they trailed 1-0 to Matt Jansen’s National League North outfit in last Monday’s televised tie and were down to ten men following the dismissal of Lewie Coyle.
However, the League One side dug deep to pull the tie out of the bag. Devante Cole headed home a 77th-minute equaliser before substitute Jack Sowerby nipped in to poke home an injury time winner and break Chorley hearts.
Now Fleetwood face Non-League opposition for the second round running. They take on Evo-Stik South Premier side Hereford, though at least the game is at Highbury.
“I am happy to get a home draw,” said Rosler. “I don’t think we have had a home tie since I have been at the club, though I am not thinking about Hereford now.”
The second round takes place at the start of December and there are some tasty ties to look forward to.
The AFC Fylde vs Wigan game has been chosen for live coverage by the BBC. It kicks off the action on Friday, December 1 (7.55pm) and both teams will pocket £72,000.
It promises to be a testing trip for League One promotion-chasers Wigan, who lifted the Cup in 2013. Ambitious AFC Fylde have stormed up the Non-League ranks in recent years and are in their first season at National League level.
Half a dozen other EFL sides will definitely face Non-League opposition as the fight to earn a place in the coveted third round draw gathers pace.
Keith Hill’s Rochdale travel to surprise package Slough Town, also of the Evo-Stik South Premier. Slough won 6-0 at Gainsborough Trinity in the first round. League Two high-flyers Luton make the long trip to National League side Gateshead.
Coventry host Boreham Wood, the conquerors of Blackpool, MK Dons entertain Maidstone, who knocked out Cheltenham, Notts County face Oxford City, who shocked Colchester, and Wycombe take on either Leatherhead or Billericay.
Meanwhile, Mansfield are await- ing the winners of the replay between Accrington Stanley and National League side Guiseley.
Bury or Woking will meet the winners of the replay between Tranmere and Peterborough.
Another tie to look out for in the second round is the all-League One London derby between AFC Wimbledon and Charlton.
League Two side Crewe have a trip to Blackburn to look forward to, while Morecambe have been handed a difficult tie at Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury.
HERO: Fleetwood’s Jack Sowerby celebrates his last-gasp winner against Chorley and, inset, boss Uwe Rosler, right, with Matt Jansen