Hinckley AFC could equal their best ever run in the Emirates FA Cup with a win over higher league opposition in Mickleover Sports tomorrow, kick off 3pm.
Two seasons ago, Hinckley beat Walsall Wood, Bromsgrove Sporting and Redditch United on their way to the second qualifying round in their debut FA Cup campaign.
Now, after victories over Worksop Town and Aylestone Park, Hinckley travel to a Mickleover side who ply their trade three levels and 55 places above them.
AFC are one of just two Midland League Division One sides left in the competition, and tomorrow travel to a Mickleover side from the Evo-Stik Premier Division, who are just entering the competition at this stage.
After going unbeaten in their first three games, Mickleover have since lost three on the bounce with defeats to Stafford Rangers, Nantwich Town and Coalville Town.
And while Hinckley’s seven games this season have yielded 32 goals (scored 21, conceded 11), Mickleover’s six have seen the net bulge just 14 times (scored five, conceded nine).
But manager Carl Abbott says his Hinckley side can go into the game in relaxed mood. He said: “The lads will be right up for it. It’s a tough game for us and a big ask but there’s no pressure on us. We can go there, enjoy the day and enjoy the occasion.”
Should the game end in a draw, the replay will take place this coming Tuesday, 5th September, at St John’s Park, kicking off at 7-30pm. The winners of the tie will progress to the second qualifying round, the draw for which is made on Monday, and will also receive £3,000 from the FA’s prize fund.
Mickleover play at the Don Amott Arena, Station Road, Mickleover, Derby, DE3 9FB.