DONS IN MOOD TO CAP­TURE FA CUP BOUNTY

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Tom Black­ett

AFC Wim­ble­don are in for a bumper pay-day when they take on un­her­alded

Cur­zon Ash­ton in the FA Cup sec­ond round this af­ter­noon – but big­ger riches could lie in store.

The League One side travel to Ash­ton-un­der-Lyne to take on the Nash in a high noon show­down which is live on BT Sport 1.

The fee for tele­vi­sion cov­er­age is £72,000 – and the Dons will bank an­other £27,000 in prize money if they can see off the Na­tional League North part-timers. With gate re­ceipts to be added, there is a po­ten­tial six-fig­ure jack­pot on of­fer.

How­ever, that could be small beer if Wim­ble­don can get through and then land a plum tie against a Pre­mier League heavy­weight in the third round.

Dons boss Neal Ard­ley said: “We’ve man­aged to get through (with a 5-0 re­play win against Bury) and now find our­selves away to Cur­zon with a chance of round three.

“It re­ally has to be a pri­or­ity for us to see this job through and get our­selves in the hat for what could be any sort of tie. What it does bring to the foot­ball club, and can po­ten­tially bring, is huge.”

It’s a busy day of Cup foot­ball to­day. Plenty of eyes will be on the all-League One clash be­tween

Bolton and Sh­effield United. The 1987 win­ners

Coven­try face a test­ing trip to League Two side

Cam­bridge United, who over­came Dover in a re­play thriller in round one.

Bris­tol Rovers will be out to avoid an up­set at home to in-form Na­tional League out­fit Bar­row, while Mill­wall (at home against Brain­tree), Northamp­ton (away to Stour­bridge) and Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley (away to Wok­ing) also face Non-League sides. Notts County host Peter­bor­ough and Port Vale face Hartle­pool in two all-EFL clashes. In an all-Non -League tie, Martin Allen’s Eastleigh host FC Hal­i­fax. Old­ham visit Lin­coln City to­mor­row night.

EA­GER: Neal Ard­ley

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