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FA Cup cash is boost is an added incentive
9:00am Saturday 14th September 2013 in Sport
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS manager Mark Hawkes admits there is a juicy carrot awaiting his players if they can win today’s eagerly-awaited FA Cup showdown at MALDON & TIPTREE.
As well as maintaining their unbeaten start to the season and eliminating their main rivals, the winning club will pocket a cool £3,000.
That’s the cash prize up for grabs for all teams who make it into the second qualifying round.
“I’m sure all the players will be raring to go,” said Hawkes.
“It’s bound to be played at a high tempo and it’ll boil down to desire and the will to win.
“There’s a big incentive and not least because we’re playing our main rivals.
“There’s also the huge matter of the prize money, which is very important to all teams during these early rounds of the FA Cup.”
Swifts are sweating on the fitness of Luke Callander and Michael Cheek.
Both were ruled out of Tuesday’s Ryman One North victory at home to Harlow.
Maldon boss Terry Spillane is also relishing the prospect of today’s tie, but says it’s a shame the sides have met so early in the competition.
“Form and league positions go out the table in these matches, although as the home team the onus will be on us,” he said.
“It’ll be a tough game and whoever wins will really have to earn their place in the next round. But I can’t help feeling that it’s a shame we’re meeting so early.
“It means one of us will be knocked out, whereas it would be nice for the area for both teams to go on a little run.”
Elsewhere in the FA Cup, Thurlow Nunn League premier division side FC CLACTON face a trip to Ryman One North Brentwood.
Skipper Tommy Austin and defender Lee Peacock are both unavailable, but the Seasiders welcome back goalkeeper Joe Fowler, who was suspended for last week’s Vase defeat at Bowers & Pitsea.
Ryman One North form side WITHAM TOWN have a home date with Mildenhall, of the Thurlow Nunn League.
BRANTHAM ATHLETIC are away to Needham Market.
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