Walthamstow make their first foray into this season’s FA Cup this Saturday, taking on Eastern Counties League side Walsham-Le-Willows.
This will be the first time the two sides have ever met – and you have to go back to 2005 for the last time we even faced someone from the same league.
Then, it was the turn of Fakenham Town, who we beat 4-1. In the seasons before, we faced Cogenhoe United, Stowmarket Town, Great Yarmouth Town, Ipswich Wanderers and Clacton Town in the FA Cup, all of our opponents being members of the Eastern Senior League.
Our visitors have only played one game this season, beating Woodbridge Town 2-0 on Wednesday. Stow have had an extra day to recover after putting five past West Essex on Tuesday.
Walsham’s FA Cup form hasn’t set the world alight, having only won two FA Cup ties in their history, the last coming back in 2008. They’ve gone out on replays in five of the last nine seasons. With a 164-mile round-trip, let’s hope a replay isn’t needed after today’s game.
According to @walsham_warbler, they’ve only signed two new players this season. Oh for that kind of stability – over the last few seasons we’ve introduced at least two new players in every game!
Stow will be without Ross and Craig Pope this weekend who are at a wedding, but will be bolstered by the return of Billy Sendall to the back line.