A bumper crowd is expected at Brownsfield Road this weekend as Lichfield City aim to reach unchartered territory in the FA Cup.

Following the thrilling 3-2 victory against Highgate United in the Extra Prelimary Round earlier this month, Jay Hawkins’ side now look to progress beyond the Preliminary Round for the first time in the club’s history.

Shropshire side Haughmond FC – who like Highgate are ranked one step higher on the non-league pyramid than City – are the opponents for Saturday’s fixture and Hawkins is excited at the prospect of more FA Cup glory.

He said: “The FA Cup is a great competition and being drawn against sides from higher divisions provides a good opportunity for our lads to test themselves.

“We caused Highgate lots of problems in the previous round with Luke Childs scoring a great hat-trick to get us to this stage. It was the first time the club had won a home game in the FA Cup or scored a goal in the compeition in Lichfield, so we are breaking new ground all the time.

“It would be a superb achievement if we could reach the First Qualifying Round and we will give it our all against tough opposition.”

City have reached this stage of the competition on two previous occasions but succumbed to 5-1 defeats away from home on both occasions (against Leek Town in 2014/15 and Coventry United in 2016/17).

As one of the lowest-ranked sides in the competition, the cup run is proving a useful boost to club coffers, with £2,250 in prize money banked from the Highgate United victory and another £2,890 up for grabs on Saturday.

Kick-off at the City Ground is at 3pm with entry £5 for adults and £3 concessions.

August 21, 2019

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