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FA Cup first round draw throws up some interesting ties for Non-League sides

THE FA Cup first round draw was made on Monday night with lowest ranked side Westfields handed a home draw while Merstham have been rewarded with a tie against Oxford United.

Midland League Premier side Fields saw off Ryman Premier leaders Leiston on Saturday and they will face another Non-League side, Curzon Ashton, after they beat York City in their replay on Monday night.

“We are delighted we are at home, six home games on bounce now this season,” Westfields chief executive Andy Morris told BBC Sport. “I’m quietly confident with a home draw.

“Getting this far is a huge bonus – we have earned enough money so far to get us through this season and keep us going into next season.”

Merstham overcame big spending Ebbsfleet United and have been given one of the ties of the round as they will host League One outfit Oxford United – surely in consideration for live TV coverage.

Elsewhere, St Albans host Carlisle, Southport welcome Fleetwood and Stamford could go to Hartlepool if they manage to beat managerless Wrexham in their replay.

Evo-Stik NPL Premier side Spennymoor Town, meanwhile, will travel to League One side MK Dons with the potential of a big Cup shock.

Boss Jason Ainsley said: “What an occasion. It is all a reward for the hard work and fantastic opportunity for the supporters to go to the game and hopefully see us win.”

Full FA Cup first-round draw:

Sheffield United v Leyton Orient
Millwall v Southend United
Dagenham & Redbridge v FC Halifax Town
Merstham v Oxford United
Taunton/Hemel Hempstead v Barrow
Southport v Fleetwood Town
Yeovil v Solihull Moors
Stockport County v Torquay/Woking
Dartford v Sutton United
Walsall v Macclesfield Town
Port Vale v Stevenage
Northampton v Harrow Borough/Margate
Cambridge United v Dover Athletic
Westfields v Curzon Ashton
MK Dons v Spennymoor Town
Gillingham v Brackley Town
Alfreton/Gateshead v Newport County
Portsmouth v Wycombe Wanderers
Maidstone United v Rochdale
Bury v AFC Wimbledon
St Albans City v Carlisle United
Boreham Wood v Notts County
Mansfield Town v Plymouth Argyle
Braintree Town v Eastbourne Borough
Hartlepool United v Wrexham/Stamford
Bolton Wanderers v Grimsby Town
Bradford City v Accrington Stanley
Oldham Athletic v Doncaster Rovers
Eastleigh v Swindon Town
Shrewsbury Town v Barnet
Morecambe v Coventry City
Crawley Town v Bristol Rovers
Whitehawk v Stourbridge
Colchester United v Chesterfield
Lincoln City/Guiseley v Altrincham
Exeter City v Luton Town
Charlton Athletic v Scunthorpe United
Cheltenham Town v Crewe Alexandra
Peterborough United v Chesham
Blackpool v Kidderminster Harriers

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