17. Cardiff City v Larkhall Athletic

Tie number 17 brings together Cardiff City of the WPL Southern Division and Larkhall Athletic of South West Division One.

As the only non-English side in the first round, Cardiff will be playing for the honour of their nation. They have had a very strong first half of the season and are currently unbeaten, sitting in third place in the league and are also still in the WPL cup at the quarter final stage. Larkhall have also been going well in the first part of the season, taking five wins from their first seven league games and scoring a total of 17 goals in their opening two FA Cup matches, against Cheltenham Town (9-1) and Newbury (8-1).

Larkhall have already made it a round further than they did in last season’s FA Cup, when they were beaten by eventual WPL South West Division One champions Swindon Town, while Cardiff fell at the first hurdle last time around, going down 2-0 to Portsmouth.

These two teams were due to have played each other once already this season, in the second round of the WPL Cup. Unfortunately on that occasion the game was cancelled at the last minute and the win awarded to Cardiff.

My prediction: Cardiff are on a roll at the moment, and I think they will be too strong for Larkhall on this occasion.

The stats

Cardiff City (@CardiffCityLFC)

WPL, Southern Division (level 3)
League form: w7 d1 l0 gd+22 = 3rd place out of 11

2016/17 FA Cup 
Entered at first round proper

2015/16 FA Cup 
2R – Portsmouth (level 3) 2-0 Cardiff City

Larkhall Athletic (@LarkhallALFC)

WPL, South West Division One (level 4) 
League form: w5 d0 l2 gd+8 = 4th place out of 12

2016/17 FA Cup
3Q – Larkhall Athletic 9-1 Cheltenham Town (level 4)
4Q – Larkhall Athletic 8-1 Newbury (5)

2015/16 FA Cup 
3Q – Larkhall Athletic 11-1 Swindon Spitfires (4)
4Q – Larkhall Athletic 2-3 Swindon Town (4)

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