“They’re going all the way, all the way to Wembley!”
Whilst the FA Cup is well known for its drama and fairy tales, it looks like internet famous super non-league side, Hashtag United, owned by sports influencer Spencer Owen, are at the forefront of it.
Hashtag United finds themselves in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, after beating Felixstowe & Walton United and Soham Town Rangers in the Preliminary and First Qualifying Rounds. Both of which went to penalties after the teams saw themselves level after 90 minutes. Due to new rules in place in response to COVID-19, one game even ending after 25 penalties. Hashtag United plays in the Essex Senior Football League, playing 8 steps below the Premier League. Both of Hashtag’s victories in prior rounds were against teams in the league above.
After the Second Qualifying Round draw, Hashtag drew Braintree Town, who sit 3 steps above, in their third successive home match. They found themselves in front of the cameras as the BBC showed the game live on iPlayer! However, this isn’t unusual for Hashtag as they see their games filmed each week and uploaded to their YouTube channel, which has over 500,000 subscribers. This didn’t seem to prevent any pressure the tie may have caused. They came back from behind deep into the second half with an excellent strike from midfielder Jesse Waller-Lassen, who also converted the winning penalty with a cheeky chip.
Here’s a graphic showing how far non-leagues sides have to progress in order to see any of the big opposition. This means that Hashtag will now need to win 3 more games against increasingly tougher opposition until they reach the first round proper. Do you think Hashtag could progress to the next round? Leave your predictions in the comments below.