Eynesbury boss expects huge test as local sides hit the FA Cup trail today

Eynesbury Rovers manager Martin Field.

Eynesbury Rovers manager Martin Field. - Credit: Archant

A home tie against a lower-level team in the opening round of the FA Cup would normally be seen as a great chance to progress and pocket some prize money.

But, where Eynesbury Rovers are concerned, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The United Counties League Premier Division side entertain hot Division One title favourites Peterborough Sports in an extra preliminary round tie at Hall Road today (Saturday, 3pm).

Sports have assembled a high-class squad and won their opening league game 9-0 last weekend. The match will also attract plenty of attention as Sports are playing in the FA Cup for the first time since 1922 - a record-breaking 93-year gap between appearances.

Rovers boss Martin Field said: “We are going to be facing a decent side. You only have to look at the squad Peterborough Sports have put together to realise that.

“They have drafted in a lot of players who have been at higher levels and they clearly mean business judging by their result on the opening day of the season.

“It will be a hard game for us, but I can promise it will be a hard game for them as well. It is an FA Cup tie and we would love to have a little run in the competition and pick up a few quid for the club.”

Rovers briefly topped the Premier Division standings after a 4-0 opening day win over Harborough last Saturday but then slipped up 2-1 against Yaxley in midweek.

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