FA Cup history in the making for St Ives Town

Action from St Ives Town's 1-1 draw against Godalming lastr weekend. Picture: LOUISE THOMPSON.

Action from St Ives Town's 1-1 draw against Godalming lastr weekend. Picture: LOUISE THOMPSON. - Credit: Archant

History awaits for St Ives Town this afternoon.

Ricky Marheineke’s men can achieve something no Saints side has ever managed before by reaching the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

They entertain Ryman North Division side Harlow Town at ProEdge Westwood Road in a second qualifying round tie worth £4,500 to the winners.

St Ives have already pocketed £4,925 for coming through two previous rounds and boss Marheineke is hopeful of further progress.

He said: “It is a massive occasion for the club and it would be great if we could keep the FA Cup adventure going.

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“I was determined to do well in this competition after falling at the first hurdle last season – both for financial reasons and for the supporters. “They give us brilliant backing home and away, and I know they love us to do well in the cups.”

And Marheineke has urged his players to make the most of home advantage as they entertain a Harlow side used to playing their football on a pristine 3G pitch.

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He added: “We have actually played better on the road so far this season, but home advantage could really work in our favour in this tie.

“Harlow have a 3G pitch which will obviously be very different to play on to what they’ll find at our place.”

St Neots Town also hit the FA Cup trail again today.

They entertain Worthing at the Premier Plus Stadium in the second qualifying round.

David Batch’s side came through a re-staged first qualifying round clash at Tilbury in midweek with a 5-2 success in a game which produced seven goals and three red cards.

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