Bedworth take the trip into Newcastle Under Lyme on Saturday to face Newcastle Town in the FA preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup. Newcastle are a step 4 club the same as ourselves and play in the Northern Premier West Division where they finished last season with 40 points in 17th place 1 point above the playoff relegation zone. They have started this seasons league campaign with a 1-1 home draw against Witton Albion who were relegated into the West Division last season, then on Tuesday night they won 2-1 away against newly promoted Hanley Town. There first outing in the cup like ourselves was in the Extra Preliminary round where they beat AFC Wulfrinians 2-1.
Bedworth have played well in their first 2 league games and the scorelines probably dont give a true reflection of the performances. The only doubt for the game is right back Joseph Smith who picked up a hip injury early on in Tuesday nights game at Halesowen. The Greenbacks can though Saturday put their league form behind them and concentrate on the cup where in the extra preliminary round they beat Coventry Sphinx through a WilliamEdjenguele.
Jamie Lenton commented “The league fixtures at the start of the season have been difficult having played 2 of last seasons play-off teams but saying that we have been happy with the performances but the results haven’t gone our way. Todays FA Cup game is a nice break from league action but saying that it doesn’t mean we can slacken off on performance. Newcastle Town are a good outfit and their league position last season really didn’t do them justice. We know they will be a physical, well organised outfit, with a game plan and they will be a threat from set peices. First and foremost, we need to match their physicality and the hunger to compete, and try to execute our own game plan to the quality I know we have. With their location they can always attract good players and have good links with league clubs around them. As always we (the coaching staff) have done our homework on todays opponents, and know what we need to do to win the game. The club have put a coach on for this FA Cup fixture, and we would love to have as many of you travelling with us to support the lads as having that support always lifts a team. I have some fantastic memories from my own non-league FA cup exploits, especially with Bedworth when I captained the team away at York City, and I would love for the club, the fans and the players to progress into the next round of thi famous Cup Competition, and experience the magic that this competition brings in the later rounds.”
THERE IS A COACH WHICH WILL DEPART THE OVAL AT 11.30 PLEASE CONTACT STUART ROE or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your seat. Cost is £15 per person payable on the day.