Wednesday, July 9, 2014
There was one glaring omission when the draw for the FA Cup was published.
At least as far as Eynesbury Rovers manager Martin Field was concerned, anyway.
His side were conspicuous by their absence ... and it would be right to suggest Field was not impressed.
“I’ve only just started getting over it and here you are raising the issue again,” he said.
“The club forgot to enter and that’s all there is to it. Except it shouldn’t be because that should never happen.
“At the end of any season there are two priorities for club officials – to enter us in the FA Cup and FA Vase.
“Obviously, we’re not going to win the Cup, but that’s not the point. Any sort of progress is worth a few quid and it’s always a big thing for players. For our entry to be forgotten is unbelievable. I’m still absolutely fuming.”
At least Eynesbury were entered in the Vase, although whether or not they make it past the preliminary round is problematic since they have been paired with Eastern Counties League side Mildenhall.
“They will be decent,” said Field. “But we are at home and I’m happy with the draw. Hopefully, we can get a little run going like last season.”
Hunts teams did not have the best of draws in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup. Huntingdon Town and Godmanchester Rovers were both handed away ties, to be played on August 18, at Great Yarmouth Town and Yaxley respectively.
If they win, Huntingdon will travel to Wroxham but at least Godmanchester would be at home in the preliminary round on August 30, where they would play Newmarket Town or Fakenham Town.
St Ives Town, meanwhile, have every incentive to progress at Dereham Town, for they would then travel to play local rivals St Neots Town in the first qualifying round.
Another derby tie thrown up is in the FA Vase where Godmanchester Town have been paired with St Neots Town Youth and Saints, on September 6.
In the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy on October 18, St Neots Town are at home to Ilkeston, while St Ives play Stratford Town, also on their own turf.