History will be made at The Bourne on Saturday when Hook Norton host their first home tie in the world’s most famous domestic cup competition.
The Brewery Boys host Frimley Green in Saturday’s extra-preliminary round tie and manager Joe Davies knows it is big a day for the UHLSport Hellenic League club.
Some of our players were in the local leagues last season, now they are playing in the FA CupHooky manager Joe Davies
It’s not the first time Hooky have played in the competition but this is the first time the club will host an FA Cup tie at The Bourne.
Davies said: “The FA Cup is a brilliant competition for the club. We had a fantastic season last year, winning the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Challenge Cup final and qualifying for the FA Cup.
“It’s a chance for the players to play in the most prestigious cup competition in the country.
“Some of our players were playing in the local leagues last season and now they are playing in the FA Cup which is fantastic for them.
“It’s £1,500 to the winner and for a club like Hooky it is a lot of money. I want my players to go out and enjoy the game and not let the occasion get to them.
“If they treat it like any other game and produce the performance levels they are capable of then I’m confident of getting a result.”
Davies will want his players to hit the mark against Frimley Green and he added:“Frimley Green got off to a poor start losing their first game 3-1.
“We know very little about them which is sometimes great as the two teams have to go out and play their normal game.
“We hope to use this in our favour and we will have played two league games by then so should be fairly up to speed.
“If the players demonstrate the same commitment and passion that the people put in behind the scenes do then we will go close.”
Hooky’s final game before Saturday’s tie was last night’s (Wednesday) Division One West trip to Cheltenham Saracens.
Ardley United are also in FA Cup action this weekend.
Kevin Brock’s boys entertain fellow premier division outfit Tuffley Rovers.
Ardley enjoyed a good run last season before going out of the competition in the first qualifying round tie at Stourbridge. Last season’s cup run was one of the better ones Brock has enjoyed in the competition.