“IT HAS got a potential giant-killing written all over it.”
That’s how AFC Sudbury Manager Mark Morsley described his side’s Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round tie which will be streamed live on the BBC.
The Suffolk side’s trip to Burton Park Wanderers, who play two steps below them, will be broadcast live on the BBC Sport website, iPlayer and Red Button on Tuesday, September 1st, kick-off 7.45pm.
The Northamptonshire based side, who play at Step 6 level in Division One of the United Counties League, are one of 20 new teams taking part in this season’s FA Cup.
AFC Sudbury, on the other hand, are one of a handful of Step 4 clubs who will start their FA Cup campaign a round earlier following a random selection process.
Although the tie offers the home team the chance of claiming a scalp, Morsley said it is also a great opportunity for the Isthmian League North side’s youngsters to showcase their talent.
He said: “We will go there with an 18-man squad of which 13 will have come through our Academy and I doubt there will be many teams who can say that who will be competing in the FA Cup this season.
“It will be great opportunity for us from that point of view and hopefully we can go there and play to our potential.
“We are technically a good side to watch and hopefully we can put in the level of performance we are capable of for what will be a very big game.
“It has got a potential giant-killing written all over it. I am not one for using clichés but if both teams play to the best of their ability then we will win, but we all know football doesn’t work like that.
“I know our coaching staff will have the players as prepared as we can be on the day.”
After two seasons of record levels of prize funds, the Emirates FA Cup prize fund has returned back in line with 2017-18 levels due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The winners of the tie will receive £1,125 and the losers £375.
AFC Sudbury’s players are pictured above before a home match last season. Photograph: Paul Voller
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