Boreham Wood travel up to Cheshire on Saturday to face Northwich Victoria in an attempt to reach the FA Cup second round for only the third time in their history.

Furthermore, this will be the first meeting between the two sides after Wood overcame Hornchurch in the fourth qualifying round and Northwich saw off Chorley at the second attempt.

The Vics, currently playing in the Northern Premier League Division One North, are no strangers to success in the competition, having reached the fourth round and the third round once and the second round on eight.

So, who exactly are Northwich Victoria?

They are one of the original 50 teams to form in this country, dating back to 1874. In 1892 they took their place in the Football League's Second Division, the year that penalty kicks were first introduced to the rule book. And they made history by becoming the first side to score a penalty in the history of the game.

However, The Vics soon dipped out of the professional game, playing local and county football until 1968 when they joined the Northern Premier League.

In 1979 they formed part of the Alliance Premier league, which went on to become the basis for the National League.

During that period they won the FA Trophy in 1984. After a 1-1 draw at Wembley they overcame Bangor City at Stoke City's aptly named Victoria Ground.

The Vics have endured a torrid time off the field in the last ten years. After their home for more than a century, The Drill Field, was sold in 2002, they ground shared until their new stadium, The Victoria Ground was ready three years later.

That year they went into administration and were demoted to the Conference North, only to win it at the first time of asking. Then in 2009 a second encounter with the receivers saw them drop back into the Northern Premier League.

Matters got worse in 2012 when they were evicted from their ‘new’ home and again found themselves falling foul of the rules earning another demotion to the level at which they currently compete.

This season the Vics are flying, sitting three points off the summit in third with five games in hand over joint leaders Glossop North End and Warrington Town.

Their league from has seen them go unbeaten at home without conceding a goal in front of their own supporters. Their current landlords, Witton Albion, play at Wincham Park, a stadium which is just 500 metres from their Drill Field site.

Last Saturday they conceded their first goals at home all season when Stocksbridge Park Steels, of the Northern League Division One South, knocked them out of this year’s FA Trophy.

The last time The Vics reached the FA Cup second round was seven seasons ago when they lost out to Lincoln City. In 2005/06 they were lauding it in the third round after overcoming Morecambe and Woking. On that occasion it was Sunderland who proved their eventual conquerors.

Northwich have reached the second round on a further seven occasions, going back to the season 1979/80 when they lost their 11th game in the competition in a replay to Wigan Athletic.

However, their greatest ever run in the competition came in 1976/77 when they defeated Rochdale, Peterborough United and Watford to reach round four. Their progress was ended by Oldham Athletic at Maine Road in front of 29,000 fans.

Victory for Wood on Saturday would see Luke Garrard’s side into round two for the first time since the 1997/98 campaign.

That season Wood lost out to Cheltenham Town in a replay. It was the second season in succession the club reached that stage in the competition. The year prior Wood’s miraculous run had been ended by Division Two side Luton Town, 2-1 at Kenilworth Road.