The FA Cup First Round – Liveblog!
Good afternoon, everybody. It feels like ages since we last did a liveblog on Twohundredpercent, but today feels like as good a day as any to bring that concept back from the dead. It’s Bonfire Night and it’s the First Round of the FA Cup, so over the next couple of days we’re going to be trying our very best to keep you up to date with everything that’s going on. And it can be interactive, if you like. If there’s anything that you’d like to say, any photos you take at a match that may be of interest to our readers, please feel free to drop by our Twitter account and let us know. Alternatively, just use our contact page to drop us an email. Exciting stuff, huh?
So far, four matches have already been completed. Last night, in front of the cameras of the BBC, National League side Eastleigh were held to a one-all draw at home by Swindon Town, who were dependent on a Michael Doughty penalty kick to secure a replay at The County Ground five minutes after Eastleigh had taken the lead. Meanwhile, Millwall became the first side to fight their way through to the next round of the competition with a one-nil win against Southend United. Two matches have also been played earlier this afternoon. In the live television match on BT Sport, Oxford United beat Merstham by five goals to nil, while Crawley Town and Bristol Rovers will replay after a one-all draw at Broadfield Stadium.
So, we’ll try to keep you all up-to-date with exactly what’s going on the length and breadth of the country between three o’clock and five o’clock, and who knows, we might even chuck in the latest from the Premier League and the Football League Championship, should anything interesting happen in either of those two divisions. I’ll be back shortly before three o’clock with a quick look at where we might believe a surprise might turn up this afternoon. In the meantime, I’ll leave you all to cover a large, FA Cup-shaped piece of cardboard in tin foil. It’s the actual FA Cup!