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Pompey To Visit Chippenham Or Maidenhead In FA Cup

Blues face first round trip to non-league side

22 October 2018

Emirates FA Cup

Pompey have been drawn away to either Chippenham or Maidenhead in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The tie will be played at either York Road or Hardenhuish Park on the weekend of November 9-12.

It was the penultimate fixture to be announced in Monday's draw, with Dion Dublin pulling out the Blues' ball number 37 after Dennis Wise had selected the home team.

Maindenhead United from the National League will host Chippenham Town from the National League South in a fourth qualifying round replay on Tuesday evening.

It comes after the two sides drew 1-1 on Saturday, with a last-gasp Mike Jones equaliser for the lower-ranked side ensuring both teams would enter the draw.

Maidenhead – who are based in Berkshire – are currently 18th in their league, having lost the past three matches.

Meanwhile, Chippenham – who play their football in Wiltshire – are 12th in the division below and have already faced four games in the tournament this season.

Pompey have not previously met either side in a competitive fixture and will be looking to reach the second round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2015.

Both sides have a former Blues player in their ranks, with striker Ryan Bird at Maidenhead and winger Jack Compton at Chippenham.

Assistant manager Joe Gallen said: "We'll have to do our homework whoever we end up playing, but that's exactly what we'll do.

"Alan Devonshire is the manager of Maidenhead and so Kenny and I both know him from our time at Watford.

"We'll have to do our homework whoever we end up playing."

Joe Gallen

"It will be nice to see him if they end up going through, but we'll treat either side with the utmost respect.

"We'll be fielding a strong team and look to put in a good performance on the day to hopefully get through to the next round."

Emirates FA Cup first round draw
Haringey Borough v AFC Wimbledon
Maidstone United v Macclesfield Town
Ebbsfleet United v Cheltenham Town
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Oldham Athletic
Swindon Town v York City
Mansfield Town v Charlton Athletic
Torquay United v Woking
Scunthorpe United v Burton Albion
Port Vale v Sunderland
Aldershot Town v Bradford City
Grimsby Town v MK Dons
Chorley v Doncaster Rovers
Alfreton Town v Fleetwood Town
Bromley v Peterborough United
Southport v Boreham Wood or Dagenham & Redbridge
Plymouth Argyle v Stevenage
Chesterfield v Billericay Town or Taunton Town
Lincoln City v Northampton Town
Barnet v Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town v Stockport County
Bury v Dover Athletic
Gillingham v Hartlepool United
Oxford United v Forest Green Rovers
Tranmere Rovers v Hemel Hempstead Town or Oxford City
Accrington Stanley v Colchester United
Barnsley v Notts County
Shrewsbury Town v Salford City
Metropolitan Police v Newport County
Walsall v Coventry City
Rochdale v Gateshead
Hitchin Town or Leatherhead v Solihull Moors
Sutton United v Slough Town
Guiseley v Cambridge United
Exeter City v Blackpool
Luton Town v Wycombe Wanderers
Morecambe v Warrington Town or FC Halifax Town
Crewe Alexandra v Carlisle United
Southend United v Crawley Town
Chippenham Town or Maidenhead United v POMPEY
Weston Super Mare v Harrogate Town or Wrexham


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