Daventry Town will hit the jackpot on the opening day of the new season when entertaining crisis-torn big boys Worcester City in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup on August 5th.] writes Mike Tebbitt
Defeat by champions AFC Fylde on the final day of the Vanorama League Division One North campaign in April saw Worcester relegated not one, but three divisions to join Rugby Town in the infant step five Midland Football League.
Worcester’s hopes of dropping back into the Southern League were thwarted by the FA on account of the club’s parlous financial affairs. Even so the fallen giants are expected to retain a large fan basis.
When placed in a similar situation a year ago Hereford United continued to attract 2,000 plus attendances for home games so it is reasonable to expect that Worcester will bring plenty of fans to Communications Park next month.
If successful against Worcester, newly-promoted Daventry will then have another home tie against Northern Premier League opponents Chasetown only a fortnight later.
As recently as 2014 Worcester reached the second round proper of the FA Cup, beating Coventry City 2-1 before losing 14-13 in an amazing penalty shoot-out against Scunthorpe United.
A grand total of 737 clubs will take part in this season’s FA Cup competition with slightly more than half of them beginning the long haul to Wembley in the initial extra preliminary round.
This season FA Cup prize money has received a long overdue boost so that the Town would be guarenteed a minimum pay-out of £1,500 by beating Worcester. This would rise to £1,925 if Chasetown were also despatched.
A nomadic club these days, once-proud Worcester play their home games in Bromsgrove and it remains to be seen how strong their squad will be following a three step enforced relegation.
In the second qualifying round of the FA Vase for step five to seven clubs, Daventry will face a trip to either Westfield or Stapenhill.
Meanwhile, the UCL KO Cup has thrown up a home tie against Stewarts and Lloyds Corby. The team where Town secured the UCL Division One Title last season.
Updated 21:19 - 10 Jul 2017 by Brian Porter