MATCH PREVIEW: Holyport (A) Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Preliminary Round FA Cup
Holyport's Ground

It’s a special time of year when the FA Cup journey starts and Yate Town will be involved in one of 136 matches (that’s 272teams) on Saturday, in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, hoping to make it to the First Qualifying Round two weeks later. When Manchester City won the FA Cup at Wembley less than three months ago, I wonder how many of their fans and players were fully aware that the competition starts in August. The Extra Preliminary Round this season, involving 416 teams and 208 games, took place on 5th August with more teams entering the competition this Saturday.

Come early November it is likely that one of the teams playing on Saturday will be making headlines in the First Round of the FA Cup and get massive television exposure.

Following Hartpury University and Holyport having to replay their Extra Preliminary Round tie again on Tuesday, ordered by the FA – with the same result: 2-1 to the visitors Holyport, the Bluebells head along the M4 on Saturday.

For the Bluebells, Wednesday’s Southern League home game against Malvern Town saw a great fight back but sadly they couldn’t reduce the 3-0 deficit from half time with the game ending 3-2 to the visitors, who had 2 players sent off, in a dramatic second half in front of nearly 400 fans. Yate’s goals being scored by Dylan Lewis and Sam Pashen.

Manager John Rendell is hoping that injured forward, Kyle Tooze, will be fit for Saturday, following an injury last Saturday against Bashley.

Holyport FC is based in Holyport, near Maidenhead, Berkshire. They are currently members of the Combined Counties League Premier Division North and play at Summerleaze Village in Maidenhead The ground is located off of Summerleaze Road, Maidenhead.
Following their null and void win against Hartpury University on 5th August Holyport’s game again at Wallingford, last Saturday, was postponed due to the weather, so Saturday’s game will be their third competitive game of the season, just like the Bluebells. The club play in Step 5, one level below Yate Town and are managed by Sam Lock.

If you are driving to the match on Saturday the journey of 88 miles should take just over one and a half hours from Yate, via the M4 motorway.

(Sat Nav Location – SL6 8SP). The Sat Nav actually takes you to the main road outside the ground but access to the ground is via the electric gate (to the left as you turn in off the road), approach the electric gate, follow the track over a few speed bumps, over a bridge, past the cricket club and then you will arrive at the ground. It is hoped that a good number of Yate Town fans will be able to make the journey to support the team.