Earlier this afternoon the draw was made for the second round of the Women’s FA Cup, although being a women’s football website we should probably just refer to it as the FA Cup. The draw was broadcast live on Talk Sport with Marzena Bogdanowicz, the FA’s head of commercial and marketing for women’s football, and talkSPORT presenter Faye Carruthers conducting the draw.
1 Chorley v Brighouse Town
2 Derby County v Nottingham Forest
3 Barnsley v Sheffield
4 Sunderland v Middlesbrough
5 Stoke City v Huddersfield Town
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fylde Ladies
7 Chester-le-Street Town v Loughborough Foxes
8 Burnley v Hull City
9 West Bromwich Albion v Lincoln City
10 Hounslow v Cardiff City
11 Keynsham Town v Watford
12 Yeovil Town v Southampton FC Women
13 Portsmouth v Cheltenham Town or Leyton Orient
14 Southampton Women’s FC v MK Dons
15 Oxford United v Plymouth Argyle
16 Chichester City v Ipswich Town
17 Woodlands or Billericay Town v Gillingham
18 Actonians v Crawley Wasps
Out of the eighteen games there are some really exciting match ups. For me, the stand out tie will be between Yeovil Town and Southampton FC. Saints are currently situated in the league below Yeovil but are looking like strong favourites to obtain promotion and possess resources that many clubs in the National League and Championship could only dream of.
Other stand out matches in the draw sees National League North high flyers, Stoke City, host Huddersfield Town.
Derby County will host Nottingham Forest in an east midlands derby while there is all-Yorkshire affair between Barnsley and Sheffield.
Ipswich Town, who cruised to a 5-0 win over Billericay Town in round one, will travel to Chichester City.
Plymouth Argyle, who have won their last seven league matches, go to Oxford United, and Crawley Wasps, who are currently leading the Nationa League South, will be hosted by Actonians.
The second round is scheduled for Sunday 1 December. Winning clubs will receive £1,000 from the FA prize fund while the losers will pick up £250.