This Saturday 25th August we visit the Railwaymen of Shildon in our first FA Cup game this season.
Last year we each won and lost in our League matches. None on our scorers are with us today though as Mikey Roberts is now in Australia, Shane Henry now with Whitby Town after a spell at Synners and Jamie Poole is at Shildon's neighbours West Auckland.
Shildon beat us 2-1 at theirs in December 2011 with Shaneos goal as consolation and at the end of February 2012 Poole and Roberts gave us the 2-1 vistory at the KGV.
What's the odds on a 2-1 scoreline this time?
Earlier in the season Shildon had knocked us out of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win in a game that contained some controversy with an piece of ear jewellry that would not/could not be parted from Leon Scott's ear despite some surgical attempts by the Shildon bench. There was also some questioning about the numbers as we did not have a number 18 shirt and of course we can name 7 substitutes.
Our team will consist of not many players who played in last year's FA Cup tie including:
McPhillips, Steel, Wood, but due to unavailabilty there will be no Lee and Luke Bythway, Paul Roddam, Joel Guy and Dan Dixon and Austin Johnston picked up an injury last night so will have to assessed on Saturday.
It will give Shildon a chance to see the new members of the squad including new keeper Ben Escritt, Michael Jameson and Jack Connor who are both returning to action as well as the other new faces.
This game is worth an extra £250 to last year's tie with £1,750 to the winning team and a chance to visit the winners of Durham City v Billingham Town on September 8th.
Looking forward to a good game and what are you drinking Norman?