Suffolk minnows Needham Market to face League One side Burton Albion in FA Cup first round

Needham Market players celebrate their FA win to reach the first round proper.
Credit: Ben Pooley Photography
Needham Market FC celebrate after their victory that took them into the FA Cup first round proper. Credit: Ben Pooley Photography

Non-league side Needham Market have been rewarded for making the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history with an away tie at League One strugglers Burton Albion.

The Suffolk minnows, who beat National League side Maidstone United 1-0 in the final qualifying round on Saturday, will head to the Pirelli Stadium over the weekend of November 4-7.

It promises to be a momentous occasion for the Marketmen who play in the Southern Premier Central division, the seventh tier of English football.

Speaking to ITV News Anglia on Monday, matchwinner Luke Ingram said that he wanted to face Ipswich Town in round one, but the club will still have been delighted to have drawn another League One team.

Burton are currently second from bottom in League One having only won two of their opening 14 league fixtures.

Kieran McKenna will take his Ipswich Town team to non-league side Bracknell Town. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Ipswich Town will face non-league opposition in the first round after being paired with Bracknell Town of the Southern League Premier South, while Cambridge United will also have an away tie at sixth-tier side Curzon Ashton.

National League North leaders King's Lynn Town have been handed an away draw as well at League Two side Doncaster Rovers, as have Stevenage who will take on Altrincham or Gateshead.

FA Cup first round draw - East of England ties

  • Curzon Ashton v Cambridge United

  • Peterborough United v Salford City

  • MK Dons v Yeovil Town or Taunton Town

  • Bracknell Town v Ipswich Town

  • Newport County v Colchester United

  • Doncaster Rovers v King's Lynn Town

  • Altrincham or Gateshead v Stevenage

  • Burton Albion v Needham Market

  • Barnet v Chelmsford City

  • Chesterfield v Northampton Town

Want a quick and expert briefing on the biggest news stories? Listen to our latest podcasts to find out What You Need To Know: