Uwe’s troops to face Here­ford

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By John Lyons

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.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

HERO: Fleet­wood’s Jack Sowerby cel­e­brates his last-gasp win­ner against Chor­ley and, in­set, boss Uwe Rosler, right, with Matt Jansen

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