As far as FA cup fixtures go, County couldn’t really have been given a much tougher tie. Away to the favourites for the league and therefore the highest ranked team currently in the competition (based on their 2nd place finish last year) isn’t what many Hatters’ fans envisaged when they were listening to the draw a couple of weeks ago.
Hatters’ fans and players should take heart though, from the fact that they’re the only team to beat Fylde in their own back yard so far this season, where goals from Dyson, Kirby and Bell-Baggie sealed the victory for County.
£4,500 awaits the victors of Saturday’s game. Couple that with the shared gate receipts from Saturday’s game and it looks like it could be a nice little boost to the coffers if County can pull of a victory in Lancashire again.
Neil Young has stated that his team will be taking the competition very seriously, and whilst that means he’ll be wanting to play a full strength side, he’ll have to contend with injuries and various suspensions when picking his starting XI.
Glenn Rule is still serving his 10 game suspension, Striker Colley and midfielder Ledsham will both also be out of action through suspension. Bell-Baggie is looking to make his comeback but it remains to be seen as to whether he’ll make it in time for this game. County’s loan players, Kirby, Thorniley and Hazeldine, will all have to receive their club’s permissions to play in the FA cup and may therefore be cup-tied. New loan signing, Matty Hamilton, has been given permission by Wigan Athletic to play for County in all competitions and will go straight into the squad for Saturday’s game.
The Opposition: AFC Fylde
Nickname: The Coasters
Ground: Kellamergh Park (3180)
2014/15 Average Attendance: 534
Position Last Year: 2nd (Conference North)
Last time out: Fylde 2-3 County (Kirby, Dyson, Bell-Baggie)
Kellamergh Park (3180)
Saturday 26th September, 3pm