Stockport host Worksop Town at Edgeley Park in the First round of the FA Cup. The hosts will be looking to make it further than the Third round this season whereas Worksop weren’t even in the competition last season.
Stockport currently sit top of League Two with 11 wins, two draws and three losses in 16 games. This good form will likely carry into their First round clash with Worksop.
In their last five games in all competitions, Stockport have five wins. In the Football League Trophy, Stockport faced Salford City. Marcus Dackers opened the scoring in the third minute but a hat-trick from Paddy Madden gave Stockport the 3 - 1 comeback win. Stockport picked up another 3 - 1 win, this time in League Two against Harrogate Town. Goals from Antoni Sarcevic and Will Collar along with an own goal from Warren Burrell gave Stockport the 3 - 1 win, with George Thomson converting a penalty for Harrogate.
Louie Barry grabbed a brace along with a goal from Isaac Olaofe in a 3 - 2 win against Grimsby who had Donovan Wilson and Gavan Holohan on the scoresheet. After a goalless first 45 minutes, Kyle Wootton and Olaofe both scored in the second half for a 2 - 0 win for Stockport over a Crewe side that couldn’t register a single shot on target.
The most recent outing for Stockport was against Tranmere. Olaofe scored once again for Stockport along with Sarcevic in the 2 - 0 win over ten-man Tranmere who had Harvey Read Saunders sent off early in the second half.
Worksop, on the other hand, are currently fourth in the Northern Premier League division, which is the fourth step of the Non-League pyramid. In 12 games, Worksop have seven wins, two draws and three losses, leaving them on 23 points, 13 points from top of the league.
In their last five games in all competitions, Worksop have four wins and a draw. In the Fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, Worksop hosted Boston United. Jordan Richards opened the scoring for Boston, but Liam Hughes equalised just two minutes later. Aleksandrs Starcenko then put Worksop ahead, but like in the first half, Brad Nicolson levelled the game just two minutes later. Despite a red card to Hamza Bencherif, Terry Hawkridge converted his penalty to give Worksop the 3 - 2 win. Will Longbottom opened the scoring for Bradford Park Avenue, but even after a red card for Hawkridge before halftime, a goal from Jay Rollins and a brace from Luke Hall gave Worksop the 3 - 1 win.
Alex Curran opened the scoring for Macclesfield but even after a saved penalty from Connor O’Keefe, George Taft and Rollins both scored to secure the 2 - 1 comeback win. Another win for Worksop came against Mickleover Sports. Oliver Greaves drew first blood in the first half and then completed his brace and was joined on the scoresheet by Andrew Dales and Marcus Barnes in the second half for a 5 - 0 win.
The last time out for Worksop was against Guiseley in the league. Vaughan Redford opened the scoring for Worksop, but within two minutes Kallan Murphy equalised for Guiseley. Even with the sending off of Jameel Ible for Guiseley, the game ended 1 - 1.
Stockport and Worksop have never met professionally and have reached vastly different stages of the competition. The furthest Worksop have ever gotten in the FA Cup was the Third round in the 1955/56 season whereas Stockport have reached the Fifth round on three occasions in 1934, 1949 and 2000.