The road to Wembley begins this Saturday for hundreds of club like AFC Uckfield Town, who hit the FA Cup trail with a home tie against Glebe in the Extra Preliminary Round, hoping for a money-spinning run in the oldest cup competition in the world.
Based in Chiselhurst, Kent, Saturday’s opponents play in the Southern Counties East Football League (the same league as Crowborough). Both teams have the incentive of a home draw in the next round, against either Broadfields United or Banstead on August 25th.
This Saturday’s match is being sponsored by the Uckfield Chamber of Commerce. Uckfield Mayor Councillor Spike Mayhew will be attending the game, along with Deputy Mayor Councillor Jackie Love.
Uckfield go into Saturday’s cup-tie in good heart after a creditable 1-1 draw at Newhaven on Tuesday night, playing the closing minutes with ten men after goalkeeper Louis Rogers was shown a red card. Matt McLean was on target for Uckfield.
That draw followed an encouraging performance despite a 4-3 defeat at home to Horsham YMCA last Saturday in a thrilling match to start off the season in the Southern Combination League.
The club are hoping for a good crowd for Saturday’s big cup game. So, come along to support the town’s senior team. Kick-off at the Oaks is at 3 pm.
If you are unable to get to the match, listen out for regular updates on Uckfield FM’s Saturday Sport programme with David Eggleston from 2 pm.