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City set their sights on FA Cup windfall
A POTENTIAL Football League giant and date on live television awaits Worcester City if they can win at Bromley in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round tomorrow (3pm).
The Blue Square Bet South outfit stand between the St George’s Lane club and a place in the first round proper for the first time since 2005.
Victory would put Carl Heeley’s team in the hat alongside clubs from Leagues One and Two and the potential for the match to be selected for television coverage.
It is a huge carrot for the players, who will travel to Kent today as they prepare for one of the most important games City have played in recent times.
Heeley is aware of the significance of the Hayes Lane clash and is expecting his team to thrive on the occasion.
“You can build the game up to be as big as people want but it’s a huge opportunity for our players,” the City manager said.
“We are 90 minutes away from a potentially huge draw and a possible TV game. That’s how close we are but it’s the same for Bromley and they will believe they can beat us, as we believe we can beat them.”
He continued: “These are the type of games you want to involved in. Players shouldn’t need any motivation for such matches, particularly when you are at a stage with potential national exposure. We are looking forward to it.”
A number of City players sat out Tuesday night’s training session as a precautionary measure, chief among them striker Mike Symons and midfielder Tom Thorley.
Symons, who has scored seven goals this season, is nursing the hamstring injury which kept him out of last Saturday’s 2-1 league defeat to Stalybridge Celtic, while Thorley has a slight groin problem.
However, Heeley was keen to stress neither are major concerns and he expects them both to be fit for the match.
Midfielder Charlie Reece is the only player certain to miss the game as he starts a three-match ban for his red card in the third qualifying round 1-1 draw against Weston-super-Mare.
Bromley, managed by Mark Goldberg, won 2-1 at Dover Athletic in the previous round but have drawn two and lost one of their last three league matches, leaving them 16th in the table.
Worcester met Bromley four times during their Conference South days, winning both fixtures in 2008-09 but losing twice in the 2009-10 campaign.