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Crawley may be on the receiving end.

Hednesford v Crawley have caused their fair share of FA Cup upsets in recent years but they could be on the wrong end of a giantkilling at Hednesford in today's first round.

This looks a tricky trip to Keys Park for the League One side, who are as short of confidence as they are players, and if Crawley are below their best then the Conference North leaders could claim the scalp of the afternoon.

Crawley like to play their football, which is fine when the team is in a free-flowing mood, but it can be difficult in tough times. Town have won two of their last ten games and lost five of their last six, failing to score in the last four.

Some of those defeats were real shockers too - 3-0 at home to Port Vale and 2-0 at Stevenage stand out - and this is not the same side who matched Wolves and Peterborough in successive matches in late August.

Tuesday's 2-0 defeat at lowly Bristol City doesn't bode well and Richie Barker has been left to bemoan a lack of depth to the squad which means the bench won't be fully occupied.

The influential Billy Clarke has been struggling with a knee injury and on-loan duo Kyle Bennett and Luke Rooney have been refused permission to play by their parent clubs.

Hednesford have claimed 32 points from a possible 39 in the Conference North and at home they have nailed a perfect six victories.

Key to the breathtaking start has been Elliott Durell - he scored 36 goals for the Pitmen last season and has already bagged 19 in 16 this term.

Chesterfield v Daventry There is a huge gap between the top of League Two and the top of the Southern League Division One Central and Chesterfield should be home bankers to beat Daventry.

The minnows have rightly been given their time in the spotlight after reaching this stage for the first time, although this test is on another scale from anything they would have previously come up against.

Daventry were given a peach of a draw in the last round - they were heavy favourites to overcome Combined Counties League side Hartley Wintney - but Chesterfield are third in League Two and two points off the top despite no win in five.

Paul Cook isn't messing around with the starting 11 and a team containing players such as Jimmy Ryan, Gary Roberts, James O'Shea and Marc Richards should justify the short price.

Brentford v Staines Chesterfield will be too short for anyone bar those with the deepest pockets but doubling them up Recommendation Hednesford 1pt 4-1 bet365 with Brentford looks a wise play.

Uwe Rosler has said he won't field a weakened team as he has done in the League Cup and the Bees have finally put together a few decent results with four straight wins have lifted Brentford up to fifth in League One.

If Brentford are professional then Staines, managed by Marcus Colchester v Sheff Utd Home advantage may not be worth much to Colchester in this match as the club have decided to close one stand, such is the small crowd expected in Essex.

As it is, Colchester have won only one of their last 14 matches and recent improvement - a win over Peterborough and draw at Rotherham - has been put down to a raft of new loan signings.

However, Joe Dunne is unable to field Cian Bolger, Elliot Lee and Jeffrey Monakana which makes them vulnerable against Sheffield United.

The Blades were put up in this column last week and lost 2-0 at Shrewsbury but everything that could go wrong did. Shrewsbury scored a stunning goal against the run of play, Neill Collins went off injured, Febian Brandy was sent Recommendation Chesterfield (2-7), Brentford (2-7) 3pt double Coral, Hills Gayle, are destined to struggle considering the visitors have collected only one away point in the Conference South this season.

Recommendation Sheff Utd draw no bet 1pt 17-20 Ladbrokes off and then United were caught on the break chasing a point.

Nigel Clough's team are much better than their current position of League One relegation fodder would suggest and, at the very least, United should be good enough for a replay.


Jimmy Ryan (left) and Gary Roberts can star for Chesterfield
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 9, 2013
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