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Videos Of The Week: FA Fourth Qualifying Round Highlights

We’ve got something a little different for our Video Of The Week this week. Match Of The Eighties will be back later on in the week, but for now it seems like as good an idea as any to ease ourselves into Monday morning with some highlights from this weekend’s FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round matches from the weekend just passed. We’re starting off with FC United of Manchester, who were at home yesterday afternoon against Blue Square Premier side Barrow. With the draw for the First Round Proper already having been made, United already knew that their reward for winning this match would be a local derby against Rochdale if they could get past a team two divisions above them. The second match takes us off to The Camrose, where AFC Wimbledon were away to Blue Square South club Basingstoke Town. Wimbledon have made the First Round Proper of the competition for the last couple of years in a row, but haven’t managed to beat a Football League club once there yet. Basingstoke Town, meanwhile, did provide a surprise in the competition in the 2006/07 season, when they beat Chesterfield at Saltergate in the First Round. Wimbledon, for the purposes of clarity, are playing in white. Last but not least, we can stop off at Kingfield for the all-Blue Square South match between Woking and Eastleigh. Woking, of...

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Non-League Week: Eastleigh & Havant Renew Hostilities

As part of our series on Non-League football ahead of this weekend’s Non-League Day, Southampton supporter Neil Cotton travelled the short distance to Havant, on the outskirts of Portsmouth, to see Havant & Waterlooville take on Eatsleigh in an early season local derby in the Blue Square South. The sunny August bank holiday is almost deceptive with the lazy calmness as it spreads over the compact but well appointed ground. Westleigh Park will shortly be witness to the latest edition of a rapidly heating rivalry as home side Havant and Waterlooville take on Eastleigh. It is a young rivalry. Havant and Waterlooville being been formed as the result of a merger between Havant Town and Waterlooville FC relatively recently as 1998. The success it brought loosely coincided with Eastleigh’s awakening from their long time slumber in the Wessex League., and both clubs found their way to the Conference South. They played their maiden competitive fixture against each other in 2005 with Havant claiming a 2-1 victory. An outside observer could be forgiven for thinking that the rivalry between theses two teams rides on the coat-tails of that most infamous south-coast rivalry; Eastleigh is a shor hop over the greenbelt from Southampton and Havant and Waterlooville a stones-throw from Portsmouth who use Westleigh for their reserve games. This, though, is no case of little brothers squabbling in the shadows of their...

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Hayes & Yeading United – The Comeback Kings

Five minutes into the second half of their Blue Square South play-off semi-final at home to Eastleigh, one could have forgiven Hayes & Yeading United supporters for feeling as if they should cut their losses and just go home. Already three down by half-time, a James Mulley own goal had made it 4-0 to Eastleigh, but even the most optimistic of their supporters would have been unlikely to have been able to predict what happened next. Hayes managed to pull two goals back in the first leg, before travelling to Hampshire and winning the second leg 4-0 to send themselves through to the final of the Blue Square South play-offs, where they would go on to play Hampton & Richmond Borough, who had beaten the pre-season promotion favourites Chelmsford City in their semi-final, at Hampton’s Beveree. A crowd of over 3,000 packed into Beveree for the final, and Hayes took an early lead after Dale Binns crossed for Scott Fitzgerald to score from close range. The rest of the first half passed largely without incident, but the second half more than compensated for this. Four minutes, Shaun McAuley levelled for Hampton and, with twenty minutes left to play, disaster struck for Hayes. Their goalkeeper Delroy Preddie had successfully claimed a cross and wandered out to the edge of his own penalty area. He put the ball down to clear...

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