Up for the Cup – Jeevesie’s big three local Emirates FA Cup fixtures

Looking to catch a local match on Saturday afternoon? Let Yellow Sports Brian Jeeves direct you to the region’s top action… 

Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round

Billericay Town v Basildon United – The Steel Team Stadium – 3pm

Billericay Town begins life without flamboyant owner Glenn Tamplin with a huge local derby with old adversaries, Basildon United at the Steel Team Stadium, New Lodge.

The two clubs paths have not crossed in anger too much in recent seasons. However, back in the ’70s and ’80s, this was regarded as one of the biggest fixtures on the local calendar and just as was the case back then, a sizable crowd is expected at the Blues home. 

Although seemingly in turmoil following the departure of manager, Harry Wheeler, and then Tamplin, Billericay will start as hot favourites against a Bees side currently sitting 17th in the BetVictor Isthmian League North table, although victories over Framlingham Town and Coggeshall Town in previous rounds suggest the new-towners are not to be underestimated’

Admission…

Adults: (Age 18 – 64) – £13.00

: (Age 65 & over) & Students – £9.00

Young Adults: (Age 12 to 17) – £3.00

Children: (11 & Under) – £1

How to get there…

By Road

Leave the M25 at the junction with the A12 (J28) and take the A1023 through Brentwood. When you get to Shenfield take the A129 towards Billericay. Alternatively, on leaving the M25 continue down the A12 towards Chelmsford until you reach the next exit (Mountnessing). At the roundabout take the first exit (turn left) then take the first right (just after the scrapyard). Continue along this route until you reach a mini-roundabout. Turn left, then you are on the road into Billericay. Note there is a height restriction of 13’3″ on this route. Both of these routes will bring you into Billericay on the same route. On entering Billericay turn right at the first set of traffic lights (near the Texaco Garage). Blunts Wall Lane is a little way along on the right.

By Public Transport

Billericay is located on the Liverpool Street – Southend Victoria line; trains run approximately every 20 minutes on most days. Billericay Town Football Club is approximately 25 minutes walk from the station. On leaving the station turn right into Radford Way. At the top of the road turn right, crossing the railway line by the footbridge. Then turn right again at the bottom of the High Street into Western Road. Walk the full length of Western Road, then cross over at the traffic lights into Tye Common Road. Blunts Wall Lane is a little way along on the right. Note Mayflower taxis are located just outside the station and will transport you to the ground for a modest fee.

Walthamstow v Abbey Rangers – Wadham Lodge – 3pm

Ambitious Essex Senior League outfit, Walthamstow, will be hoping to make further FA Cup progress when Combined Counties League Premier Division side, Abbey Rangers, are the visitors to Wadham Lodge.

Walthamstow has already beaten Sporting Bengal United (5-0), Great Wakering Rovers (2-0) and Aylesbury United (3-0) to reach this stage of the competition. Meanwhile, Abbey Rangers stunned Whitehawk to set up what should prove to be a mouthwatering tie.

Admission…

Adults: £7

Concessions: £4 (Students, unemployed, armed forces (active and veterans), pensioners, NHS staff).

Children under 14: Free

Match programme: £1

How to get there…

By Road

The Ground is just off the A406 (North Circular Road). From the Crooked Billet Roundabout head south onto the A112 (Chingford Road). Take the first left into Brookscroft Road (St John’s Church on the corner). Follow this road to the end where it turns left into Kitchener Road, The Ground is on the right. Please use the right-hand side of the car park.

Some sat nav systems may direct you into Brookscroft Road from Fulbourne Road do not use this route as a barrier across Brookscroft Road will prevent you reaching the stadium you must use the Chingford Road entrance into Brookscroft Road.

By Public Transport

The nearest Station is Walthamstow Central (Greater Anglia service from Liverpool Street to Chingford or Victoria Underground line). Cross the road from the station to the Bus Station and catch bus 34 (towards Barnet), 97 (towards Chingford Station), 215 (towards Lee Valley Campsite) or 357 (towards Chingford Hatch).

Alight in Chingford Road at Cazenove Road stop opposite St John’s Church. Cross the road into Brookscroft Road and continue to the end of the road. Turn left into Kitchener Road. The Ground is on the right. Allow about 20 minutes for this journey.

Maldon & Tiptree v Wingate & Finchley

In form BetVictor Isthmian League North side, Maldon & Tiptree will fancy their chances of progressing at the expense of Premier Division strugglers, Wingate & Finchley at the Maldon Stadium.

The Jammers currently top the North table with six wins out of six. They reached the second qualifying round of the FA Cup with victories on the road over Saffron Walden Town (2-1) and Histon (3-0).

Wingate & Finchley are just outside the Premier Division dropzone but have sort solace in the cup, beating Welwyn Garden City (2-0) and London Colney (4-1) to set up Saturday’s tie.

Admission…

Adults: £10

Concessions: £5

U16’s: £2

How to get there…

By Road

Maldon & Tiptree FC is situated outside Maldon Town centre on Park Drive, close to Maddison Heights. 

The stadium address is as follows:

Maldon Stadium

Park Drive,

Maldon,

Essex,

CM9 5JQ

Brian Jeeves

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