Home games for both Potters Bar Town and Welwyn Garden City after draw for the FA Cup first qualifying round

Welwyn Garden City celebrate their first goal in the 2-0 win over Saffron Walden Town in the FA Cup

Welwyn Garden City celebrate their first goal in the 2-0 win over Saffron Walden Town in the FA Cup preliminary round. Picture: KARYN HADDON - Credit: Archant

Both Potters Bar Town and Welwyn Garden City have been handed home ties following the draw for the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Potters Bar Town will be hoping for more FA Cup memories like last year against Barnet. Picture: DAN

Potters Bar Town will be hoping for more FA Cup memories like last year against Barnet. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

Welwyn saw off Essex Senior League side Saffron Walden Town with a 2-0 on Saturday and their reward will bring Isthmian League Premier Division outfit Bishop’s Stortford to Herns Lane on Tuesday, September 22.

The Blues struggled last year, parting company with manager Jamie Cureton midway through the campaign, and were 17th when the season was voided.

Potters Bar Town won both meetings against Stortford last year and the Scholars will also face one of their divisional rivals this time around.

East Thurrock United will visit the LA Construction Stadium with the Scholars hoping for a similar outcome to their only meeting last season, a 3-1 success back in August at the Rocks’ home of Rookery Hill.


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The furthest Welwyn have gone in the competition is the third qualifying round which they reached in 1998 and 2005.

The Scholars had two famous meetings with National League Barnet last season in the fourth qualifying round, eventually going out 3-1 in the replay after attracting a record crowd of 2,011 to the first encounter.

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The prize fund will give each winner in this round £2,250 while the losing teams receive £750.

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