With matches coming thick-and-fast, both in the men’s, and women’s beautiful game, the draws have been done for the next round of both the national, and county competitions.
Following recent matches, and several competitions already having seen a number of rounds played, there’s still a decent number of clubs from within Nottinghamshire’s county borders, partaking (the FA Cup will see that of Mansfield Town, Notts County, and Nottingham Forest, enter at a later date).
Below are the draws for this month, October 2023, across numerous competitions, with Worksop Town (replay aside) still in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy, and could have a very pivotal month ahead in what has been a long history.
The FA Challenge Cup (Fourth Qualifying Round, to be played 14/10/23)
Blyth Spartans/Worksop Town vs. Boston United
Worksop Town need to overcome a home replay, following a 1-1 draw in the first game, with cup giants/giant-killers, Blyth Spartans, to earn a home tie in the next round with Boston United.
The FA Trophy (Third Qualifying Round, 07/10/23)
Worksop Town vs. Stocksbridge Park Steels; Stratford Town vs. Basford United
The Tigers are also still in the FA Trophy and have a home tie with Stocksbridge to come at the weekend, whilst the Ambers are away to Stratford Town
The FA Vase (First Round Proper, 21/10/23)
Kimberley Miners Welfare vs. Highgate United; Newark & Sherwood United vs. Wellingborough United; Cogenhoe United vs. Eastwood; Stourport Swifts vs. Sherwood Colliery
There’s still local interest in this season’s FA Vase as the competition reaches the First Round, two at home and two away with Kimberley Miners Welfare and Newark & Sherwood both facing home ties, whilst Eastwood, and the UCL Premier North leaders, Sherwood, are on the road later this month.
Women’s FA Cup (Third Qualifying Round, 22/10/23)
Basford United vs. Wymberton Wildcats; Arnold Eagles vs. Beaumont Park; Notts County vs. Loughborough Lightning; SJR Worksop vs. Lye Town; Chesterfield vs. Nottingham Trent University; Doncaster Rovers Belles vs. Mansfield Town
The next round of the Women’s FA Cup takes place the day after the FA Vase, and there’s also a good chunk of local interest in this years’ competition with four of the six sides having home games to come. Notts County, following promotion to the National League last season, will host Loughborough Lightning, and there’s a nice road trip for Mansfield Town as they head to Doncaster Rovers Belles.
Nottinghamshire FA Saturday Senior Cup (Second Round, 20/10/23)
Newark & Sherwood United vs. Carlton Town; Sherwood Colliery vs. Newark Town; Clipstone vs. Notts County U21s; Nottingham Forest U21s vs. Gedling Miners Welfare; Eastwood CFC vs. Kimberley Miners Welfare; Mansfield Town U21s vs. Basford United; Hucknall Town vs. Radford; Rainworth Miners Welfare vs. Dunkirk
Interesting ties in the second round of the Notts FA Senior Cup, including a repeat of last years’ final as Newark & Sherwood United host Carlton Town, and there’s money-spinners for Clipstone (Notts County U21s), Gedling MW (Nottingham Forest U21s), and Basford United (Mansfield Town U21s)
Nottinghamshire FA Saturday Senior Trophy (First Round, 07/12/23)
PMG EXCEL vs. FC Sez; Teversal vs. Cotgrave; Keyworth United Reserves vs. Bilborough Town; Aslockton & Orston vs. Ashland Rovers; Linby Colliery Welfare vs. Meden Vale Colts; Bingham Town vs. Radcliffe Olympic; Elston United vs. Keyworth United Firsts; Southwell City Reserves vs. Arnold Town Youth Firsts;; Kirton Brickworks vs. Eastwood & Kimberley; Stapleford Town vs. Woodthorpe Park Rangers; Clifton All Whites FCB vs. Beeston Old Boys Association (A/W away walkover); Meden Vale Colts Reserves vs. Arnold Town Youth Reserves; Mansfield Hosiery Mills vs. Wollaton Reserves; Collingham vs. PMG Engage Reserves; Calverton Miners Welfare vs. Cotgrave Development; Blidworth Welfare vs. Hucknall Town Reserves; Trent Vineyard vs. AJ Sport (A/W away walkover); (Rushcliffe received a bye)
A plethora of ties to come in the Saturday Trophy, and a chance for some shock results, with clubs from the Central Midlands Alliance and the Nottinghamshire Senior League taking part.
Nottinghamshire FA Women’s Senior Cup (Second Round, 15/10/23)
Underwood Villa vs. Mansfield Town Development; Basford United Development vs. Mansfield Town; Southwell City vs. Arnold Eagles Flyers; Sherwood vs. Retford; Keyworth United vs. Hucknall Town; Newark Town vs. Radcliffe Olympic; Basford United vs. Nottingham Trent University; Arnold Eagles vs. University of Nottingham
As always, check with respective clubs via their websites, social media channels, for any updates regarding date changes, kick-off times and the like, after all, there’s plenty to choose from.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @worksoptownfc Worksop Town will tonight replay with Blyth Spartans in the FA Cup.