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Cobblers determined to avoid FA Cup upset

The first round of the FA Cup gets underway this weekend and Northampton Town will be hoping to avoid an upset in their televised clash with Bishop's Stortford on Sunday.

The tie has all the ingredients of a tough afternoon for the Cobblers, with Aidy Boothroyd's side currently sitting at the bottom on League Two and their opponents having already knocked out higher league opposition in the shape of Forest Green last month.

Meanwhile, Biggleswade Town are looking forward to playing in the first round for the first time in their history as they get set to take on Stourbridge, whilst Corby Town will have a female referee in charge of their fixture with Dover Athletic.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Donovan Blake

You can see if Northampton can make it safely through to the next round live on ITV Sport, with coverage starting at 13.30 on Sunday.

FA Cup 4th Round: Norwich v Luton - Full interview with Terry Allcock

Saturday's FA Cup 4th Round tie between Norwich City and Luton Town is a repeat of the 1959 cup semi-final, which Luton eventually won after a replay.

As part of the build up to the game Jim Rice caught up with Terry Allcock, a veteran of Norwich City's '59ers', to talk about the Canaries' cup run and the modern side.


Luton Town set for 'great' FA Cup game

Luton Town defender Ronnie Henry hopes his own personal experience of being an FA Cup giant killer will count for a lot when they face Championship strugglers Wolves on Saturday. Henry featured in Stevenage's big cup shocks in the past two seasons.

Boro knocked out Newcastle United and Reading, and held Tottenham to a draw before losing a 5th Round replay last March.

Henry, who joined Luton after being released by Stevenage last summer, said: 'They were great occasions for me and great occasions for the club. I'm looking forward to Saturday equally.

It'll be a great game at Kenilworth Road. I should imagine it's sold out already, and the atmosphere will be great'. Henry acknowledges an FA Cup 3rd round tie of such magnitude will be a new experience for some of Luton's BlueSquare Bet Premier Division players.

Luton fans Credit: Neal Simpson /EMPICS Sport

'I will just tell them to enjoy it', said Henry. 'The FA Cup is very special. It's one of the best trophies in the world in my opinion.

'Things can happen to you in the FA Cup. People can get moves, if you have a good game you never know what can happen to you. The occasions are very special so they have to enjoy it because they don't come around too often'.

The two clubs are separated by 60 places, but it's not that long ago when both Luton and Wolves were playing in the same division. Their last meeting was six seasons ago in the Championship when Wolves won 3-2 at Kenilworth Road.

Luton Town's manager Paul Buckle Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

However Luton will fancy their chances of causing a cup sensation with Wolves on a horrible run of four defeats in five games.

'It's a big game between two big Clubs, albeit at different ends of the league spectrum', Henry added.

'At the moment Wolves are in a bit of bother but they have some tremendous players and they're a great side. They'll be hard to beat'.

FA Cup 1st round replays

Four of our teams face FA Cup replays this evening. MK Dons will meet AFC Wimbledon in round Two if they beat Cambridge City. Northampton are away at Bradford, while Luton travel to Nuneaton.

Click on fixture for live updates on MK Dons v Cambridge City.

Click on fixture for live updates on Bradford City v Northampton Town.

Click on fixture for live updates on Nuneaton v Luton Town click on the link below.

FA Cup, 1st round: Braintree Town v Tranmere Rovers

It's a big night for Braintree Town in the FA Cup. The Conference side from Essex host the highest ranked team in the competition at this stage - League One leaders Tranmere.

Tranmere are clear leaders in their division - and sit 66 places above Braintree in the English football ladder.

The original game had to be called off due to the weather, but the pitch is fine tonight, and the game will go ahead.

Watch the game live on ITV4 (kick-off 7:45pm) or click here.

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