Fa cup: Sutton Common Rovers will welcome Jersey Bulls

Sutton Common Rovers will welcome Jersey Bulls in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The Bulls are in the the ninth-tier of English football. This is their first season in the FA Cup, they beat VCD Athletic 5-1 at Springfield Stadium on Saturday in the previous round.

Sutton Common Rovers play in the eighth tier Isthmian League South Central – the same division as Guernsey FC and Tooting Bec.They topped the Combined Counties Premier Division – Jersey’s current league – last season.

Jersey Bulls v VCD Athletic

Jersey, have won 41 of their 42 competitive games since they were founded in 2019. The Bulls are the most southerly side ever to play in football’s oldest competition and have won three matches before this 

They won 4-0 at Newhaven in the preliminary round last month and also hammered 10-1 victors against Horsham YMCA in the extra preliminary round.

Jersey Bulls advance in the FA Vase

In the FA Vase they also beat Tooting Bec 3-0 last sunday to advance in the FA Vase

Sol Solomon and Keiran Lester put the Bulls two up at the break before a late Jay Giles strike secured the win in south London.

Manager Freeman spoke to the Jersey Evening post and  didn’t like the first-half display but was delighted with how his side delt Tooting Bec

‘The first half it was a battle, and we didn’t play any real football,’ explained Freeman.

‘We got the goals without really creating too many chances, but we were excellent in the second half. We controlled the game, kept the ball well and we’re pleased.

‘We said to the players at half time, they are very good players and they need to realise that.

‘I told them not to get involved in the big battle, just play your football and we did.

‘We didn’t give them the sniff and moved the ball around well.’

Matt Hancock spoke to me before the game in an interview for Riverside radio

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