Lichfield City face a tough trip to Step 4 side Halesowen Town in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, it has been confirmed.

The tie, to be played on Saturday 7 September, will be the first time City have competed at this stage of the competition.

It follows two home wins against higher-grade opposition from Step 5 in Highgate United (3-2 in Extra Preliminary Round) and Haughmond FC (3-0 in Preliminary Round).

Jay Hawkins’ men will face a tough task to progress further against the two-time FA Vase winners, whose squad features former Premier League front man Lee Hughes, now aged 43.

Halesowen Town play their home games at The Grove stadium, which has a capacity of 3,500. Their Preliminary Round win against Bedworth United on August Bank Holiday Monday drew a crowd of 377.

Hawkins said: “It is an exciting draw and promises to be a great tie. Halesowen are a good side and we will expect a decent crowd.”

August 27, 2019

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