FA Cup draw: Weston facing League One opponents

The Seagulls are dreaming of Wembley.

The Seagulls are dreaming of Wembley. - Credit: Archant

WESTON are dreaming of a huge upset in the first round of the FA Cup after being awarded a home tie against League One Doncaster Rovers.

In their first appearance in the main draw in 11 years, Mickey Bell’s side will be hopeful of a full house at the Woodspring Stadium in under a fortnight, against a side who were in mid-table in the Sky Bet Championship just 12 months ago.

The Seagulls have already notched almost £25,000 in prize money to get to this stage after battling to a 10-man win over Witham Town on Saturday in the fourth qualifying round, and that figure could rise to nearly double that should they beat their illustrious opponents.

With a potential record attendance for the glamour tie and the possibility of an appearance on national television, that windfall could increase yet further.

Speaking at the stadium after the draw, manager Mickey Bell told the Mercury: “We wanted a home draw, it always gives you the best opportunity to progress through. Having a higher-league team down here at the Woodspring gives us that chink of light that we can cause an upset.

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“It’s massive for the club, with a bit of luck we will get a full house and it’s another payday for the team on what’s already been secured.

“It really puts you on the map, it’s great for the boys, it’s great for the club and it’s great for the town.”

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The tie will be played on November 8 (kick-off 3pm), subject to television selection from BBC and BT Sport.

For full reaction from Mickey Bell and goalkeeper Luke Purnell, see this Thursday’s Mercury.

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