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Blues look for Cup glory

BLUES will look to progress in the FA Cup for the first time in five years when they travel to St Neots Town on Saturday.

stnThe last Cup run for Stortford came in the 2013/14 season when they reached the first round proper before losing 2-1 against Northampton Town in a game watched by over one million viewers on ITV.

The first qualifying round tie is the third straight away draw for the Blues, and we will meet a side who they played in the Southern League last season.

The Saints have made a similar start to the Blues in the new Southern Premier Central, sitting 17th with five points from six games. They have certainly struggled for goals, only netting in the 2-1 win against Bedworth United and Saturday’s draw at Halesowen Town, with their other point coming in at Kings Lynn Town, while that have lost against Stratford Town, Rushall Olympic and Rushden & Diamonds.

emiratesfacup_horizontal1With the competition prize money increasing this season, the winner of the tie will receive £6,000 and if they were to emulate the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons by reaching the first round they pick up a total of £55,000.

Jordan Westcott’s goal wasn’t enough to prevent the Saints leaving Woodside Park with all three points when the sides met in the Southern League last November as the Saints won 2-1.

In the return, George Casey rescued a point for ten-man Blues as he netted four minutes from time in a 2-2 draw. Jack Thomas had seen red 11 minutes earlier after incident with the Saints’ skipper Luke Knight. Darren Foxley had given Blues the lead just before half-time.