Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round opponents Rushden and Diamonds are hoping that they can get their home match against the Glovers selected for live television coverage. Both ITV and Sky Sports have got broadcasting rights for First Round matches, with games expecting to be screened on both November 6th and 7th on the two channels, as well as selected highlights packages available for ITV's evening highlights programme.
Diamonds manager Justin Edinburgh has told the Northampton Evening Telegraph that he is hopeful of his side being able to cause an upset, and believes that the draw presents one of the matches more likely to attract the television companies:
"I'm happy with that as the first thing you want is a home game. We certainly won't under-estimate them or think it's going to be an easy game. But we are in a rich vein of form and they are at the wrong end of the table. Rather than being fearful, I'm sure they will sense there could be an upset. There weren't too many stand-out ties so maybe they will look at us for a live TV game."
The rich vein of form that Edinburgh speaks of is that Rushden have won five and drawn one in their last six league matches, including an ongoing run of four straight wins. As a consequence they currently sit in 6th position in the Conference National table and will have strong hopes of promotion back into the Football League - a similar position to that occupied by them four years ago when the two sides last met at Nene Park. With Rushden, Torquay United and Oxford United having deposed of Yeovil over three consecutive years, and all three having been promotion-chasing Conference teams at the time, the Glovers can't afford to treat the opposition lightly.
Rushden's only downer is that they will have to make do without their captain Jamie Stuart. He was sent off during the second half of their 2-1 win over local rivals Kettering Town on Saturday, in their Fourth Qualifying Round success. That was his second dismissal of the season, meaning that he will serve a two match ban - their home League game against Barrow on Saturday, followed by the FA Cup First Round match against Yeovil Town.
In terms of Edinburgh's hopes of a televised tie coming to fruition, it's certainly not impossible. Past seasons have tended to see the TV companies pick out one tie with a chance of an upset, with the other tie being more of a 'premium' match. Stevenage vs Milton Keynes Dons, Southport's home game against Sheffield Wednesday and Cambridge United vs Huddersfield Town look to be three of the more interesting fixtures for a 'David vs Goliath' style battle, whilst the all-League-One clashes between Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town along with AFC Bournemouth vs Tranmere Rovers look to be the picks of the bigger ties. At least this time round, ITV can't choose Leeds United in every round going!
Link: FA Cup Full First Round Draw.
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