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Que Sera, Sera - Whatever Will Be, Will Be - We've Got Herd Immunity - Que Sera, Sera
Nice to imagine a packed Wembley singing that thread title in unison when a vaccine gets rolled out, even if next May is probably a bit soon for it.

Either way, it's all a bit quiet on here, which is a shame - the first round has had some fantastic games, including an eleven-goal thriller between Torquay and Crawley. Currently watching Oxford City against Northampton, and the underdogs are unlucky to only be at 1-1; again, even without a proper cup crowd it's brilliant, exciting, passionate football. There's already been success for non-league sides with Chorley, Darlington, Solihull Moors and Boreham Wood beating league opposition. Can we see another?

Having already missed one penalty, Oxford City score a second and take a deserved 2-1 lead. 22 minutes to hold on for the upset.

All wrapped up. Oxford City through to face Shrewsbury in the second round.
That game at Torquay was amazing. We were watching the Final Score special on Sunday afternoon. Brilliant.
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Good to see Havant & Waterlooville through to the second round for the first time since their 2007-08 run, when they took the lead twice at Anfield in the fourth round. I also missed out Marine's win on penalties against Colchester. With those two drawn against each other (plus Canvey Island playing Boreham Wood) we're guaranteed at least a couple of minnows in the third round.
With the Second Round coming up this weekend, a quick look at the lowest-placed team left in the competition: at home to fellow non-leaguers and with a decent chance of progressing.

Marine FC

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Founded in 1894 and currently competing in the eighth-tier Northern Premier League Division One North West, Marine FC - named after a hotel on the seafront have played at Rossett Park since 1903. Going professional in 1974 under manager Roly Howard - the longest-serving in post-war English football, at the helm from 1972 to 2005 - in the early 1990s they were responsible for giving youth player Jason McAteer to a (somewhat) grateful world. A win against Havant & Waterlooville on Sunday would equal their best-ever FA Cup run in 1992-93, when they made it to the Third Round and were defeated 3-1 by Crewe Alexandra.

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