FA Cup first-round draw: Merstham given home draw against Oxford United

FA Cup minnows Westfields 'quietly confident' with draw

Merstham will face Oxford United at home when they appear in the first round of the FA Cup for the first time.

The Surrey village team play in the Isthmian League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.

Southern League Chesham, also from the seventh tier, face a trip to League One club Peterborough United.

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TV entertainer Timmy Mallett was following the FA Cup draw

Ninth-tier Westfields will face Curzon Ashton, who upset York City 2-1 in Monday's replay, with ties to be played on the weekend of 5-6 November.

The Midlands League Premier Division club, formed in 1966 following England's World Cup triumph, are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition.

"We are delighted we are at home, six home games on bounce now this season," Westfields chief executive Andy Morris told BBC Sport before the Curzon Ashton result. "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."

Westfields players celebrate their FA Cup fourth qualifying round win
Westfields players celebrate their FA Cup fourth qualifying round win

Merstham had offered free drinks in their clubhouseexternal-link from 19:00 BST until their ball, number 79, came up, but the Moatsiders' generosity was presumably shortlived as they were the fourth tie drawn.

Meanwhile, Spennymoor Town of the Northern Premier League will travel to League One MK Dons, while Stamford, who play one level below Spennymoor in the NPL South, will make the trip to Hartlepool if they overcome Wrexham in Tuesday's fourth qualifying round replay in north Wales.

"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," said Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley.

A total of 39 non-league clubs joined the 48 from Leagues One and Two in the first-round draw, with the winners of seven ties still to be decided following draws on Saturday.

Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United, both four-time cup winners, face home ties against Leyton Orient and Grimsby Town respectively.

National League Altrincham - who beat Barnsley at the same stage last season - take on either Lincoln City or Guiseley.

Meanwhile, 2008 winners Portsmouth will be at home to League Two rivals Wycombe Wanderers.

Premier League and Championship clubs will enter the competition at the third-round stage.

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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