Cup fever growing for 1874
Thu 14th September 2017 | 1874 Northwich | By Ian Templeman
1874 Northwich are looking forward to one of the biggest days in their short history, when they welcome North Ferriby United in the Emirates FA Cup Second Qualifying Round on Sunday.
It’s the first time the Greens have reached this stage of the competition, indeed their tie in the last round against Mossley was their first ever appearance in the First Qualifying Round, so club history books have already been re-written.
A good crowd is expected at the St Luke’s Barton Stadium for the game, and although visitors North Ferriby United play in the Conference North, three divisions above, they have had a troubled start to the season so there will hopes in the home camp that 1874 can spring a surprise.
The Yorkshire side currently lie at the bottom of the league table, having lost eight of eleven games played this season. Their squad has been blitzed by injuries, and they are coming to Cheshire on the back of a 6-0 home defeat at the hands of Spennymoor Town on Tuesday evening, their biggest ever home defeat in senior football.
1874 joint-manager Wayne Goodison made the trip across to the East Riding of Yorkshire on a scouting mission to watch the Spennymoor game, and as it would obviously be dangerous to read too much into one result, Wayne’s fellow manager Paul Bowyer insists that they will be treating their visitors with a great deal of respect.
"Sunday will be a great occasion for the club and a fantastic opportunity for the players to test themselves against a good Conference North side.
“It's testament to the players that they've got this far in the competition, having faced some strong teams in the three previous rounds and we relished the underdog status in the last round.
“The challenge for the lads is to approach the game in the usual way, and for them to raise their game and stand up to the threats posed by North Ferriby.
“The support and encouragement from our supporters has been excellent all season, and this is as much a day for them as it is for us all, and we're eager to do ourselves and the club proud."