By Andrew McDonnell
Blyth AFC will write themselves into the history books when they take on Glasshoughton Welfare in the Emirates FA Cup.
The Braves can make town history by becoming the first Blyth team to win their first FA Cup tie – only two teams from the town have ever competed in the competition’s 138-year history.
Neither the original Blyth side nor Blyth Spartans managed to do that, but Jon McDonald and Ian Skinner both know how tough the test will be down at Leeds Road.
The Braves are two-for-two so far this season, beating Ashington and Seaham Red Star in their opening two league games and striker Dan Wilson has five goals so far.
Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round
Venue: TJ’s Travel Arena, Leeds Road, Glasshoughton, WF10 4PF
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018
Glasshoughton play in the Northern Counties East League Division One and have played two league games so far this season, the same as Blyth.
After a 6th-placed finish last season in NCEL Division One, Glasshoughton started the new season with a 4-1 defeat against East Yorkshire Carnegie.
They played the same opposition on Tuesday evening and fought back from 2-0 down to produce a late comeback, inside the final 12 minutes, to pick up a 3-2 victory. Robert Oldham scored two and Thomas Carr got the other goal.
Glasshoughton’s Last Match
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Glasshoughton Welfare 3-2 East Yorkshire Carnegie
Form: W L W W W D
The Manager’s Views
Coach Ian Irving said: “Everything about the FA Cup is massive for non-league sides. Up and down the country, there’ll be teams looking to start a run (in the competition).
“Who knows where you might end up after winning a couple of games. Winning a few games, the prize money is good for the club, but you also get to travel to play against teams you wouldn’t normally play against.
“You get on a bus and go on a journey. I’m thoroughly looking forward to it, all the lads are very excited and we’re buoyed by two victories to start the season off, so I couldn’t be looking forward to it more.”
Admission for the Emirates FA Cup game is £5 for adults and £3 for concessions. Also, a reminder that if the score is level after 90 minutes, there will be a replay at Woodhorn Lane next Wednesday.