Welling and Whitehawk to bring the Magic of the FA Cup


Altrincham and Salford City were two of the stars of this year’s FA Cup first round, and there could be more magical moments to savour this weekend.

Joy and despair await in the 20 Second Round fixtures. Some men will become heroes, while others must become the seasonal villain, but the magic of the cup is very much alive and we’ve produced the case for a few more upsets in the battle to reach round three.

Stourbridge to beat Eastleigh @ 14/5

Eastleigh are in great form, but hosts Stourbridge have lost just three times in their last 22 games and that adds real weight behind their 14/5 price to win the match.

The National League Premier side are going well in fifth, but after this visit to the West Midlands head to Macclesfield in the league on Tuesday night before another away game at Aldershot next Saturday.

As such, this difficult week of travelling could be a strain on the squad and that might well be enough to hand Northern Premier side Stourbridge the advantage at the War Memorial Athletic Ground.

Eastleigh themselves were the underdog victors when they dumped Crewe out in the First Round, but they could now be on the receiving end of a good old fashioned upset.

Welling to beat Carlisle @ 16/5

Carlisle failed to win on their last visit to non-league opposition, and they could be in trouble in south-east London this weekend too.

The Cumbrians are solid on the road this term, but have been victorious in just two of their last eight FA Cup ties away from Brunton Park.

Welling have lost just three times at Park View Road, and will be desperate to go one better than two years ago when they exited at this stage.

The 16/5 on the hosts to win could yield some very appreciative returns.

Whitehawk to beat Dagenham and Redbridge @ 4/1

There’s real value in the 4/1 on National League South outfit Whitehawk to see off League 2’s Dagenham on Sunday.

The Brighton-based club are fourth in England’s sixth tier, while the Daggers are 22nd in League 2, only a point outside the relegation zone and possess a home record that will give plenty of hope to the Whitehawk faithful.

Dagenham fans are yet to see their side win at home in any competition this season, and to compound the host’s woes they have kept just two clean sheets.

Whitehawk are the underdogs, but just 28 places split these sides and their Football League opponents are very much for the taking.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.