Stansted v Brantham Atheltic
The FA Cup with Budweiser
Extra Preliminary Round
3pm, Saturday 17 August 2013
Woodside Park, Bishop's Stortford FC
Winning clubs receive £1500 from The FA's prize fund
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Stansted manager Dave Roach hopes his squad can create an FA Cup run that goes into September so that the team get the chance to host a tie at their Hargrave Park ground.
The Essex side are drawn to play their Extra Preliminary Round match against Brantham Athletic at home, but as they share their ground with Stansted Cricket Club, the clash will instead take place at Bishop's Stortford's Woodside Park ground.
Not only is this an inconvenience for the Blues, but Roach admitted that it also has financial implications for the club.
He told TheFA.com: "We have to share the ground with the cricket club and don’t get it until September, so we don’t get to play any home games until the first week of September which means if we get drawn at home in The FA Cup we have to make other arrangements.
"On Sunday we are playing on Bishop's Stortford’s pitch. We have gone to look at it and it is looking really, really nice.
"It is costing us more money so we are hoping for 150-200 fans but if we will get that I don’t know.
"We have been advertising it well and as it is a Sunday afternoon hopefully more people will come out."
Brantham Athletic are an unknown quantity for Stansted and Roach is expecting a difficult match against the team from Suffolk.
His side were knocked out at this stage last year, losing 2-1 to Norwich United, and Roach believes that if his young team can go on a successful Cup run, it will give them the confidence to strive for a top-half finish at the end of the season.
He added: "We don’t really know much about them - all I know is that they finished third in the league last year so we are expecting a very hard game.
"Last year was probably the first time many of our players had played in The FA Cup as we are a young side and it will be the first time for some of our new players this time round.
"I think a win will give the players confidence and along with the financial aspect it will encourage us to get better players as well.
"Playing in this competition is an achievement for the club. Managers, players and everyone just loves the aura of The FA Cup."