Non-Leaguers Await Lions

Alex Dibden reports on Millwall's cup exploits.

Millwall FC will welcome Braintree Town in the second-round of the FA Cup after defeating Southend Utd at the Den last Friday.

This is the first time Braintree have made it into the second round in their history, so they will be looking to cause a massive upset when they visit the Lions on the first weekend of December.

Millwall and Braintree have never played a match against each other, but with the Irons sitting 22nd in the Vanarama National League, the fifth tier of English football, Millwall are undoubtedly favourites to make it into the third round.

Speaking to the official website, Millwall manager Neil Harris said: “It’s a good tie for everybody, for us the main thing is we’re at home … It will be a tough fixture that’s for sure”.

The Lions earned their place in the second round after an evenly-fought victory against Southend Utd.

Southend started the game well when Adam Thompson’s shot was blocked on the line by Ben Thompson after 15 minutes.


Four minutes later Max Oxley saved Shaun William’s effort.

First-half injuries for Jason Williams and Thompson meant that even though the score was 0-0, Millwall were going into the break on the back foot.

Southend started the second half as they had the first, with Ryan Leonard nearly breaking the deadlock after 58 minutes.

But, Millwall were defiant and continued to push, finally being rewarded when Mahlon Romeo scored his first goal at the Den three minutes from time, ensuring the Lions were sent roaring into the second round.