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PREVIEW | FC United of Manchester vs Rovers (Emirates FA Cup)

Live on BBC Two

6 November 2020

Rovers travel to face Northern Premier League side FC United of Manchester in the Emirates FA Cup first round this weekend.

Darren Moore’s side go into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw at AFC Wimbledon in Sky Bet League One. 

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FC United’s early season form 

Saturday’s opponents are currently 13th in the table having only lost one of their opening seven league games. Their only defeat came away to South Shields at the end of October. 

They have already beaten four teams to get to this stage of the FA Cup competition, having knocked out Pontefract Collieries, Curzon Ashton, Alfreton Town and Guiseley to set up a first round tie with Rovers. 

 

Opposition thoughts 

FC United of Manchester manager Neil Reynolds spoke to his club’s in-house media team soon after the draw to say he was looking forward to testing himself against a league team.

Reynolds said: “Doncaster Rovers are doing well in League One.

“I’ve no doubt that it will be a really tough tie, we’ll have to be at our very best but we’ve got the big side we wanted.”

 

Rovers against non-league clubs 

Rovers have faced five non-league clubs in the past eight years, and have progressed against each of them – avoiding any cup upsets. 

They have faced the likes of Bradford Park Avenue, Weston-Super-Mare, Stalybridge Celtic, Ebbsfleet United and Chorley since 2012. 

 

Rovers’ best recent cup run 

Rovers got to the fifth round of the competition during the 2018/19 campaign for the first time in 63 years. 

Then manager Grant McCann guided his side to a wins over Chorley, Charlton Athletic, Preston North End and Oldham Athletic respectively, before they were handed a tie against Premier League side Crystal Palace. 

After a spirited display, Rovers bowed out of the competition after a 2-0 defeat to Roy Hodgson’s men. 

 

Watch the game 

Saturday’s game at Broadhurst Park will kick-off at 5.30pm and be broadcast live on BBC Two.

 

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