Once again we find ourselves here on the FA Cup road with an opportunity to progress to the next stage and be one more step away from an expensive day out in the capital in next June's FA Cup final (Yes it's in June this season!)
Newcastle Town vs Bedworth United
FA Cup Preliminary Round
Saturday 20th August 2022
Kickoff 3:00 pm
The Red Industries Stadium
Newcastle Under Lyme
U16s - FREE (with a paying Adult)
PRE MATCH PINT
For the Bedworth United supporters travelling to us, if you fancy a pre match drink ahead of entering our clubhouse the following venues are highly recommended by our media team.
Hogarths - ST5 1PS
Found in the Town centre and a short walk from the ground Hogarths offers a wide selection of Gins and has very reasonably priced drinks along with LIVE sport on many different TV screens as well as a large projector screen in the middle of the venue, Open from 11 am
The Castle Mona - ST5 1NT
Situated just off the A34 on the way to the ground it's a lovely little side pub with a wide selection of real ales and a very good atmosphere, also if you fancy a game of darts, pool or even Skittles this is your venue. Open from midday
The Boat and Horses - ST5 1LU
Situated at the top of the Lyme Valley parkway which will walk you straight to the ground they offer a vast selection of local and national real ales and are recommended in the CAMRA and GoodPub Guides. Open from Midday
So who are we up against?
Today's opponents in Bedworth United have started the season in the NPL Midlands a little rocky but league form does not count in the cup as we all know too well.
They beat Coventry Sphinx (great name) in the last round to progress with a William Edjenguele 70th minute goal to set today's fixture up but in their last 2 league outings they have lost them both 2-0
In last year's FA Cup they went out in the 2nd Qual round losing 3-1 to long Eaton but they did take a victory 2-1 against Kidsgrove in the cup so they have seen wins in the borough in the FA Cup. The best they have done in the cup is the 4th Qual Round and that was back in the 1996/97 season when they played Boston United.
They are a team to not underestimate that is for sure and have a player that was linked with us last season in Max Dixon who played at Lichfield in the Midlands Premier.
WHO 2 WATCH FOR
Sadly not as much game film on Bedworth but from chatting with a few folk in the game I will have to identify their last goalscorer as a threat so look out for William Edjenguele, but as folk, no me if there was an ex-Crewe player in this lineup I would have picked him.
I have taken some stick these last few weeks for not nailing my colours to the mast with my predictions but I will today, I see no reason why we will not get into the bag or the bowl for the next round and with the strong squad we have, I hope to see over 2.5 goals in the game for us and a very happy Saturday night waiting for the draw on Monday.