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FA CUP sec­ond round qual­i­fy­ing ac­tion con­tin­ues to­day – with FC Ro­ma­nia ver­sus Hayes & Yead­ing United an in­trigu­ing prospect.

Both clubs were formed in the mid-2000s, FC Ro­ma­nia in 2006, and Hayes & Yead­ing a year later. But that’s where the sim­i­lar­i­ties end.

Al­though Hayes & Yead­ing are now in their SKYEx Sta­dium, FC Ro­ma­nia have never had their own ground and are ten­ants at Cheshunt’s Theobalds Lane ground.

FC Ro­ma­nia, the Wolves, are a com­mu­nity club for the re­gion’s Ro­ma­nian com­mu­nity and many Ro­ma­ni­ans still play for them.

Founder, chair­man and man­ager Ion Vin­tila said: “We have had good re­sults to get this far. Our three wins have all been away from home so now we have to win at home.

“I saw Hayes & Yead­ing a week ago and they were fit and pow­er­ful. They are a very good team.

“But I know we can beat them if we play our best. It starts 0–0 and, of course, we have a chance.”

Evo-Stik League South East side Hayes & Yead­ing, who were play­ing in Step 1 as re­cently as 2011–12, have suf­fered three rel­e­ga­tions in six sea­sons, in­clud­ing in both of the last two, and find them­selves just one di­vi­sion above their hosts.

Else­where to­day Bil­ler­icay Town take their band of for­mer Pre­mier League stars to Thames­mead Town with Jamie O’Hara set to make his re­turn af­ter serv­ing a ban.

North Fer­riby have a trip to 1874 North­wich,

who pro­gressed through fol­low­ing a 2-0 vic­tory over Moss­ley in a re­play.

There will def­i­nitely be a Step 5 side in Mon­day’s draw with North­ern Coun­ties East League Al­bion Sports host­ing North West Coun­ties League side Ash­ton Ath­letic.

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