FOOTBALL: FA Cup comes to Harrowby United’s ground for first time on Saturday

Harrowby United captain Billy Stubbs (left) and former Arrows striker Danny Durkin in pre-season action. Photo: Toby Roberts

Harrowby United captain Billy Stubbs (left) and former Arrows striker Danny Durkin in pre-season action. Photo: Toby Roberts

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FA Cup football will be played at the Environcom Stadium tomorrow, home of Harrowby United, for the first time in the club’s history after they were handed a home draw in the recent fixture announcements.

The extra preliminary round tie will see the Arrows take on Thurlow Nunn Premier League side Thetford Town, with the winners of that game facing a trip to Soham Town in the next round.

Talking about the announcement, Harrowby chairman Michael Atter said: “I’m very excited at the thought of FA Cup football coming to the Environcom Stadium for the first time. We have done a lot of work on the ground during the close season and this will be a great showcase for all our hard work.

“It is still very much one of the most prestigious football competitions in the world and it will be a great experience for many of the players who haven’t had that opportunity to play at this level before.

“It will also be great for the home fans that have never seen FA Cup football at the Environcom Stadium to come along a give us a real boost; the support will be very much appreciated.

“With a group of dedicated committee members we have seen major changes at the ground with new fence and tunnel area plus a complete change of colour to blue and white which has seen most things re-painted in these new colours.

“The FA Cup is a great chance to put some money back in to the club with the prize money on offer to win games. We would like the community to come along and cheer on the boys on to what is going to be a great day and hopefully a Harrowby win.”

The team has been building nicely through the summer with new signing Joe Braithwaite added to the back line to work with club legend Billy Stubbs, who will again captain the side this season.

Manager Nick Andersen said: “This is a massive game for the whole club and we are ready. We have watched Thetford and they are a very good team who are strong and play through the middle, with Ross Bailey being their main man who we need to watch very carefully.

“We will set up to win the game and progress to the next round.”

Kick-off tomorrow is 3pm.

Harrowby will be in action again on Tuesday evening when they entertain Boston Town in their first league game of the season, kick-off 7.45pm.