No cup giant-killing on the cards
Hampton and Richmond v Oldham
Monday 12 November, 19:45
Live on BT Sport 1
A frustrating end to an outstanding week for Tobias yesterday, as Korona Kielce did their part by scoring before the break, only for Piast Gliwice to draw a blank. A mere scratch on his armour as he strides back to the pavilion, with plenty of runs on the board.
Time for me to pick up the bat, and we'll start with a bit of FA Cup drama. Non-league Hampton and Richmond are up against League Two strugglers Oldham Athletic in the first round proper.
Oldham's Premier League days are long gone, with memories of Joe Royle, Frankie Bunn and Earl Barrett fading as time passes. The Latics are a healthy ten points clear of the bottom two in the EFL's bottom tier (they were relegated from League One last season), but they have won just five of their first 17 league matches of the campaign.
There are some positives to be drawn ahead of this tie for Oldham fans. The team's defending has been pretty solid, with just 18 goals leaked in 17 matches in League Two. Also, the away form is strong, with just two defeats in the last 14 road games.
Hampton and Richmond operate in National League North, a couple of levels below tonight's opponents. They have won all three of their FA Cup ties this season without conceding a single goal, and they won at National League Eastleigh in the final qualifying round.
However, it's the hosts' league form that is a big concern. They have taken just a point from their last five games in National League North, and they have leaked at least two goals in three of those matches. At their Beveree Stadium, they have won just two of their seven league outings.
Oldham have done well in the EFL Trophy this term, so it appears they are taking cup competitions seriously. Against a team with really modest league form, I don't anticipate an upset.