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Seasiders' fans urged to get behind team in FA Cup clash
8:00am Saturday 28th September 2013 in Sport
THE message from FC Clacton to their fans will be clear and simple today – get behind your team!
The Seasiders host Calor Southern League division one central side North Greenford United in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup (kick-off 3pm) and a bumper crowd is expected at the Rush Green Bowl.
Home comforts and a partisan crowd could prove crucial in propelling Ray Turner’s team one step further along the Road to Wembley and club co-owner Stephen Andrews hopes they make every bit of their advantage count.
He said: “This is a massive game in every way – financially, in terms of prestige and what is at stake.
“I’ve been involved for seven years at this club and this is by far the biggest game that I’ve seen.
“We’re hoping there will be more than 300 people there and we just want everyone to get behind their club.
“To get to this stage of the FA Cup and be at home is special.
“It’s what we all dream about, so, please, just get behind your club and help us make it happen!”
Like they have been for all of Clacton’s FA Cup games this season, the BT Sport television cameras will be following the action again and they will also be at Hemel Hempstead Town for their second qualifying round tie against WITHAM TOWN.
It’s a tough prospect for Garry Kimble’s team against the Calor Southern League premier division leaders and they will have to do without Lewis Godbold.
The influential midfielder was supposed to end a three-game ban during Witham’s Ryman One North game at Maldon & Tiptree on Tuesday, but as that game was abandoned due to fog, Goldbold will be sidelined tomorrow.
When asked for his thoughts on today’s opponents, Kimble said: “One word – decent.
“I’ve been looking at their reports and in every one they could have won by eight or nine goals so it’s going to be a tall order.”
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS also have a tough second qualifying round trip as they head to Harlow Town, where they will have to adjust to playing on the hosts’ artificial pitch.
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