Shildon full of hope for FA Cup tie at Guise­ley

Sunderland Echo - - Football -

Shildon travel to West York­shire to play Guise­ley from the Va­narama Na­tional League, with a place in the FA Cup first round proper up for grabs.

Daniel Moore’s men are in good spir­its, fol­low­ing their im­pres­sive suc­cess at Ban­bury United in the last round a fort­night ago.

Shildon vice-chair­man Jeff Ri­d­ley said: “With a bit of luck, Mickey Rae might be fit this week­end, af­ter be­ing out of ac­tion for a long time.

“We should have a pretty good squad avail­able, af­ter rest­ing a num­ber of play­ers last week­end.

“Ear­lier in the week, our man­ager said the team will bounce back, we have noth­ing to lose and we’re the un­der­dogs, even though they are third bot­tom in their league.

“We’re re­ally up for it and the team is con­fi­dent and again we have noth­ing to lose.”

A mas­sive in­cen­tive for the Rail­way­men to win the game is a £12,500 cash prize.

Eng­land fans’ ap­par­ent apa­thy to­wards the na­tional team and next year’s World Cup finals in Rus­sia has been il­lus­trated by a lack of ticket re­quests.

FIFA have re­vealed that English sup­port­ers rank a lowly 16th on the list of na­tions re­quest­ing tick­ets for the game’s show­piece tour­na­ment. By con­trast Eng­land fans were ranked the fifth-high­est in at­ten­dance at the pre­vi­ous World Cup in Brazil.

FIFA say 3,496,204 tick­ets have been re­quested af­ter the first sales pe­riod.

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