Witton's Emirates FA Challenge Cup campaign gets underway on Saturday afternoon when they make the long trip to Northern League First Division Seaham Red Star in the First Qualifying Round. The County Durham-based side find themselves in seventeenth place in their respective league having lost four of their opening seven league games including a 2-0 defeat to Sunderland Ryhope in midweek. However, their Emirates FA Challenge Cup campaign has so far seen them progress through two rounds already to get to this stage, having beaten Penrith and Guisborough Town respectively. Witton's league form has been good so far and now they can turn their attention to other things at least for one day. Last season saw Witton progress through to the final Qualifying Round where they put in a decent performance against National League Solihull Moors but were unable to overcome their opponents, went on to meet League One Blackpool in front of the tv cameras. Witton will be looking to put another run together in the cup as the financial incentives can be massive for nonleague clubs particularly at our level and below. Games against Northern League opposition are usually keenly contested and they prove tough opponents so Witton will not be taking them lightly and will need to be on form to progress in the competition. Kick off at The Ferguson Motor Repairs Stadium is 3pm.
SEAHAM RED STAR FC,
THE FERGUSON MOTOR REPAIRS STADIUM,
SEAHAM TOWN PARK,
Directions: M56/M60. Merge onto M62 and follow for 18.8 miles. Keep right at the fork to stay on M62 and follow for 5.8 miles. At junction 29, take the M1 North exit to M621/Leeds and follow for 0.9 miles. Merge onto M1 and follow for 0.7 miles. Keep left at the fork to stay on M1, follow signs for Leeds (East). After 10.5 miles, merge onto A1(M) and follow for 23.4 miles. Take the A168 exit towards A19/Thirsk/Teesside and follow for 1.3 miles. Continue onto A168 and follow for 6.7 miles. Continue onto A19 and follow for 45.3 miles. Take the A1018 slip road to Sunderland and follow for 1.5 miles. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto B1285 and follow for 1.0 miles. Turn left and proceed forward for 226 ft. Turn right - Destination will be on the left after 472 ft. (Total Distance - 162.8 miles).
Parking: Parking is available behind the stadium for Players & Officials Only. Parking for supporters is available at The Town Hall on Stockton Road.
Admission Prices: Adults £6, Concessions £3, Under 16's Admitted Free if accompanied by an adult.
Matchday Programme: £1.
Social Club: The Clubhouse is inside the stadium next to the main stand.
Refreshments: The Tea Bar is incorporated within the Clubhouse.
Travel Information: There is a Supporters Coach going to this fixture - departing from The Quayside at 9am. Please contact: Jim Powell on 07760482922 for further details.
Additional Information: Should the game be drawn, the replay is scheduled to be played at Wincham Park on TUESDAY, 10th SEPTEMBER at 7.45pm where the game will be played to a finish with extra time and penalties if required. Should a replay be required, our scheduled Northern Premier League fixture at Atherton Collieries will be postponed but that will also depend on the outcome of Atherton Collieries FA Cup tie.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow. It's always nice to go to a ground I've not been to before and chances are we won't go there again.
That being said if any of you are in two minds about going, get yourselves on the bus and go and the cheer the lads on.