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Weekend football preview


After a quiet Tuesday night, football returns with a bang as the FA Cup is back for the Second Qualifying Round.


Unable to take their chances against Blackburn on Tuesday night despite their numerous chances, Derby go searching for a first win in three in the Sky Bet Championship - as well as a first goal in three games - as they host second-placed Brentford at Pride Park.


Still without a win since their 1-0 victory over Braintree back in mid-August, Martin Allen's struggling Chesterfield search for their first win in nine league games on Saturday. The Spireites host mid-table Gateshead at the Proact Stadium with hope of ending their poor run.


Having lost two on the bounce, perhaps the beginning of Alfreton's FA Cup campaign has come with good timing. Billy Heath's Reds travel to Southern League Division One outfit Sutton Coldfield Town for their Second Qualifying Round tie, and therefore as favourites although they will be eager to put in an impressive performance to return to winning ways and progress in the famous cup competition.


Staveley Miners Welfare perhaps have the biggest game of the weekend, as the NCEL Premier Division outfit host National League North side Guiseley in what is expected to be an exciting encounter for the Trojans.


In-form Buxton will be confident ahead of their FA Cup encounter, with the Bucks hosting Southern League Premier Division side Coalville Town, while Mickleover Sports will be expecting to progress past tenth-tier hosts Anstey Nomads from the United Counties League Division One.


For the rest of Derbyshire's non-league outfits, the league campaign continues. Matlock have the only NPL Premier Division fixture with a visit to Stalybridge Celtic, whilst Glossop North End hope to build on their midweek Integro League Cup victory over Grantham when they host Droylsden in their West Division tie.


In the East Division, Belper visit fellow strugglers Pickering Town who are level with the Nailers on five points at the foot of the table, whilst mid-table Gresley host Lincoln United.


Still without a single point after eight league games in the Midland Football League Premier Division, South Normanton hope to finally end their curse when they visit Sporting Khalsa, while Long Eaton United search for only their second win of their league campaign with the visit of AFC Wulfrunians. Promotion-chasing Ilkeston, meanwhile host Boldmere St Michaels in hope of closing the gap with top-of-the-table Westfields, who lead the Robins by three points but having played two extra fixtures.

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