Alnwick Town boss Paul Yeadon insists his side will play positive, attacking football against Albion Sports tomorrow (Saturday) in the first qualifying round of the prestigious FA Vase.
And with the tie at home, he has urged the community to come along and cheer on his Northern League, Division Two troops, and be the team’s 12th man.
It will also be a special occasion for black ‘n’ whites’ chairman Tom McKie, who has dreamed of Town bagging an FA Vase match at St James’ Park since taking over in 2008.
“It is a big competition and it is good for the club,” said Yeadon. “It is a good boost financially and hopefully we can get some good support on the day, which would help the team.”
Albion Sports will be no pushovers though.
The Bradford-based outfit are currently third in the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) Premier Division, having won all five of their league matches this term. It has been a flying start for the newly-promoted side, who won Division One last season by 30 points.
The NCEL Premier Division is the equivalent to Northern League, Division One on the non-league footballing pyramid – one tier higher than Town.
Albion Sports recently beat North Shields – in the same league as Town – 2-0 in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.
Yeadon said: “We want to progress. We’ve done a little bit of research about them and we are going to play on their weaknesses and go at them.
“We will be positive and have an attacking formation.”
* The FA Vase tie kicks off at 3pm tomorrow (Saturday) at St James’ Park, Alnwick.
* Entry is £4 adults, £2 concessions and children.
* The fixture forms part of Non-League Day, which helps promote grass-roots football and is a chance to celebrate the 40,000 semi-professional and amateur clubs in the UK.
* The Vase is for teams who play below Step Four of the English National League System.
* The final is usually held at Wembley.