Whitby Town v West Auckland Town
The FA Cup with Budweiser
First Round Qualifying
3pm, Saturday 14 September 2013
Turnbull Ground, Whitby
Winning clubs receive £3000 from The FA's prize fund
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By Gary Stonehouse
Whitby Town winger Nathan Mulligan has warned his side not to underestimate West Auckland Town as they look to start an FA Cup run on Saturday.
Mulligan joined The Seasiders in early 2012 from Norton and Stockton Ancients – West Auckland’s fellow Northern League Division One members at the time – and he is fully aware of the threat facing his side in the First Round Qualifier.
Mulligan said: “They are a really good and established side. They got to the FA Vase final in 2012, and they are always up there in the league at the end of the season.
“We are two leagues above them but there really isn’t that much difference between the top six or eight teams there and our division.
“We know they’ll have their tails up and wanting to cause an upset. We’d be the same if we were playing a side two leagues above us. They’ve had a good start, so we have to treat this right and be on our guard as it won’t be an easy game.”
The former Middlesbrough Academy graduate and Darlington player knows a thing or two about the impact of a good run in the cup can have on a club.
During his time with Norton the club drew FC United of Manchester in the cup, and a bumper crowd of over 1,500 were in attendance as the Lancashire side triumphed 5-2.
“It was the biggest gate the club has ever had. People were crammed into the ground and even stood on the rooftops around the stadium trying to watch the game,” explained Mulligan.
“It shows how clubs can strive off a good cup run. It brings a lot of revenue for clubs.
“We got beaten by Stalybridge Celtic last season when we were just a few games off the first round, and that’s where we want to get to.
“When you win in the cup, you just can’t wait until the Monday when the next round is drawn to see who you’ve got. The excitement of finding out who it is, if you are going to a big ground, how many fans we’ll be taking – it’s brilliant to be a part of.
“That’s why a good cup run is something that Whitby Town and all clubs look to produce.”