FA CUP Weston vs Bath ensures South West progress

FA Cup logoSix of today’s 32 FA Cup fourth qualifying round ties feature teams from the South West.

The standout all-South West tie pits National League South basement side Weston-super-Mare AFC against fifth placed Bath City FC at the Woodspring Stadium ensuring one side from the region will be in the first round draw on Monday (1900).

The contrast in league fortunes between Marc McGregor’s Seagulls and Jerry Gill’s Romans could not be more marked.

Weston have yet to win a league game, Bath have won seven.

The Seagulls best run in the cup was to the second round proper in 2003/4 while Cup experts Bath have won through to the third round six times.

Chris Todd’s first match as new Gloucester City AFC manager is a home tie against 15th placed National League Bromley FC.

Todd will exhort the Tigers to roar back to winning ways following last week’s narrow 1-0 National League South defeat at leaders Billericay Town.

Southern Premier Taunton Town bid for another cup upset when they visit Billericay.

Rob Dray – confirmed as permanent Peacocks boss this week – and head coach Matt Villis were in interim charge of Taunton as they beat National League South St Albans City 5-2 in last week’s third qualifying round replay.

Today marks Keith Emmerson’s first game as Peacocks player-coach following Thursday’s announcement of Taunton’s new managerial trio.

One of Todd’s former clubs, Torquay United have not lost since appointing former Cheltenham, Bristol City and Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson as the man to lead them out of National League South.

The Gulls – who have not won through to the first round for five seasons – host a Winchester City side sitting mid-table in Southern League 1 South.

Mark Collier’s Chippenham Town hope to make home advantage count against a Maidenhead United side seeking to put three National League defeats behind them with a cup win. The Bluebirds seek to get back on track after back-to-back National League South defeats.

Tommy Killick's Southern League Premier South side Poole Town visit Haringey Borough, who have yet to win at home in the Isthmian Premier League.

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