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We have two posts making up our non-league videos of the week for this week, kicking off with three matches from the Third Qualifying Round of this year’s FA Cup. The clubs taking this part in this round of the competition will take their place against those of the Blue Square Premier in its final qualifying round, and should they win this match they will be have a chance of a live television appearance and the sort of prize money which can make a serious difference to the well-being of a non-league club.
First up is the match between Lowestoft Town and Chelmsford City. Chelmsford are a division above Lowestoft Town of the Ryman League Premier Division, in ninth place in the Blue Square South, but Lowestoft are in second place in the table and have two games in hand on the league leaders, AFC Hornchurch and a crowd of 1,065 turned out at their Crown Meadow ground.
Our second match is between Cray Wanderers and Dartford. Cray Wanderers are another club from the Premier Division of the Ryman League, but they are a club with a unique place in the history of football as London’s oldest association football club. They currently play their home matches at Bromley while they await a move into a new ground in nearby Orpington. Dartford, meanwhile, are in third place in the Blue Square South table.
Third up is a match from the north-east, between Ashington and Guiseley. Ashington are in thirteenth place in the First Division of the Northern League, although, thanks to their run in the FA Cup they have games in hand on most of the teams above them in the table. Last season, Guiseley were ninety minutes from a place in the Blue Square Premier. They lost that match to AFC Telford United and are in third place in the table at the time of writing.
Finally, we have the match between AFC Totton and Weymouth. Weymouth’s difficulties have been covered in details on this site before, and they currently sit in sixteenth place in the Southern League Premier Division table. Meanwhile, AFC Totton sit at the top of the table in the same division.
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Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.