THE FA CUP has now reached the third qualifying round stage – with the tournament edging closer to the first round proper.
Non-League clubs have gone into the hat for the third-round qualifying draw with 40 fixtures and prize money announced.
Tier 6 clubs- The National League North and South entered the second qualifying round.
While some clubs in the competition have gone through as many as four matches to get to this stage.
There are only two ninth-tier sides remaining – Reading City and Emley who both earned themselves replays to Winchester City and Mossley respectively.
Also, the shock result from eighth division side Nantwich Town who beat Banbury United 2-1 means they will play Chester in the next round.
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Meanwhile, Yeovil who were relegated to non league in 2019 and thrashed ninth-tier AFC Stoneham 7-1 in the second qualifying stage have been drawn to play Didcot Town.
Canvey Island will make a trip on Tuesday to Essex rivals and Jamie O’Hara’s former team Braintree after a 1-1 draw at Park Lane to decide who goes into the next round.
Also, Bath City scraped through into the next stage after their last-minute win against Larkhall Atheltic and now go head-to National League South rivals Weymouth.
Now the remainder of non-league teams in the FA Cup continue to fight their way into the first round proper where they are met with League One and Two teams.
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And wins at this stage of the competition for the non-league teams are crucial as the prize money really starts to ramp up.
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Winning clubs at this stage will not only reach the fourth round qualifying stage but will also pick up £5625 from the competition’s prize fund while losing clubs will also collect £1875.
This is a fraction of the £2million FA Cup winners earn.
Manchester City won the tournament last time out, as part of a historic treble in 2022/23.
And while teams at this stage have no thoughts of going all the way, they will have an eye on drawing a Football League side in the first round.
FA CUP THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING
Third round qualifying games will be played on September 30th 2023 at 3pm.
1 Blyth Spartans or Bradford (Park Avenue) vs Worksop Town
2 Whitby Town vs Morpeth Town
3 Darlington vs Farsley Celtic or Scarborough Athletic
4 Leek Town vs South Shields
5 Lancaster City vs Ashton United or Atherton Collieries
6 Hyde United vs Spennymor Town or Marine
7 Chester vs Nantwich Town
8 Curzon Ashton vs Runcorn Linnets or Chorley
9 Alfreton Town vs Mossley or Emley
10 Macclesfield vs Warrington Rylands
11 Hereford vs Cambridge City
12 Stourbridge vs Mickleover
13 Hitchin Town vs Kettering Town
14 King’s Lynn Town or Aveley vs Hornchurch
15 Gorleston vs Hemel Hempsted Town
16 Halesowen Town vs Enfield Town
17 Bishop’s Stortford or Biggleswade Town vs Barton Rovers or Wroxham
18 Coalville Town vs Tamworth
19 Bromsgrove Sporting vs Ware or Chelmsford City
20 Rushall Olympic vs Boston United
21 Peterborough Sports or Redditch United vs Needham Market
22 Canvey Island or Braintree Town vs Scunthorpe United or Brackley Town
23 Billericay Town vs St Albans City
24 AFC Totton vs Berkhamsted
25 Bracknell Town vs Poole Town
26 Wingate & Finchley or Farnborough vs Weston Super Mare
27 Dover Athletic vs Haringey Borough
28 Merthyr Town or Taunton Town vs Sheppey United
29 Yeovil Town vs Didcot Town
30 Salisbury vs Slough Town
31 Gosport Borough vs Welling United
32 Torquay United vs Hungerford Town
33 Reading City or Winchester City vs Maidstone United
34 Carshalton Atheltic vs Northwood or Cray Valley
35 Horsham or Marlow vs Hanworth Villa
36 Lewes vs Hampton & Richmond Borough
37 Chesham United vs Margate or Folkstone Invicta
38 Cray Wanderers or Ramsgate vs Plymouth Parkway or Frome Town
39 Worthing vs Whitehawk
40 Weymouth vs Bath City
Source: Soccer - thesun.co.uk