Stage is set for Maltby's tasty FA Cup clash

MALTBY Main hope a big crowd will turn out to cheer them on in tomorrow’s tasty FA Cup clash with Frickley Athletic.
Big day...for Ross Duggan and his Maltby Main team-mates.Big day...for Ross Duggan and his Maltby Main team-mates.
Big day...for Ross Duggan and his Maltby Main team-mates.

The first qualifying round tie is being screened live by the BBC and welcome though the coverage is, the club wants to create a true cup tie atmosphere at Muglet Lane.

Maltby have already won two games to get this far, banking around £5,000 in the process, and they can bring in more much-needed funds with a victory this weekend.

But they’ll stand a better chance of upsetting higher-league Frickley with a big crowd behind them and officials would love to see some new faces at the ground.

“We still want a good attendance,” said manager Scott Mason. “I hope we can get a few more through the gate and with it being the international break it would be great if some of the supporters of Rotherham United and the other professional clubs came along.

“It is only £5 admission and for a tenner you can have a pie, a drink and watch a good standard of football.”

Muglet Lane...scene for tomorrow's cup tie.

Underlining the true romance of the FA Cup, the tie has been brought forward to 12.30pm with the permission of Maltby Whippet Club, which has cancelled its weekly meeting at the ground.

“That's a true story, honestly,” smiled chairman Wilf Race. “Muglet Lane is a hub of the community, many people use it. This captures the spirit of non-league football.

“This game is a great opportunity for us.”

The match will be available to view on BBC Sport Online, BBC Sport app/smart TV and BBC Sport through the Red Button.

Near neighbours Parkgate, meanwhile, will have to wait until next week for the chance to progress in the FA Cup.

Billy Fox's side await the winners of the delayed preliminary round tie between Leek Town and Charnock Richard, the two drawing 2-2 in their first meeting on Tuesday.

The replay is at Leek tomorrow and the winners will come to Roundwood on Wednesday (7.45pm).

See today’s Advertiser for more on the Maltby-Frickley tie.