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FOOTBALL: Didcot seek financial boost after home draw
8:09pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Local Football
Didcot Town are looking for a financial boost after being drawn at home to fellow Calor League Division 1 South & West side Shortwood United in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup, writes Matthew Bruce.
Saturday’s upset 2-1 victory over Burnham earned the club £4,500 – and they would scoop another £7,500 if they were to overcome Shortwood on Saturday, October 12.
It’s the third time in four seasons that the Railwaymen have reached this round of the competition – two wins away from the first round proper.
And chairman John Bailey is hopeful they can continue to progress.
“We lost 4-1 to Shortwood on the opening day of the season so this is a chance for revenge and also a good opportunity to get into the next round,” he said.
“I think it’s hugely important to a club like Didcot, to the fans and also the players, because everybody wants to play in the world’s oldest cup competition.
“The prize-money you can make from a good cup run can make or break a season and so the further we can go the better off we’ll be.
“Most clubs struggle to generate that kind of money through sponsorship and money is tight at the moment, so that would be a big boost.”
Last year the Railwaymen lost to 1-0 to Arlesey Town in the fourth qualifying round.
Their cup form is in contrast to league perfromances, as they are currently bottom of Division 1 South & West.
Didcot are in more cup action on Saturday when they entertain Cirencester Town in the prelimnary round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy.