Hereford United skipper Luke Graham says FA Cup clash at FC United is 'massive game' (From Hereford Times)
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Hereford United skipper Luke Graham says FA Cup clash at FC United is 'massive game'
SKIPPER Luke Graham has called Saturday’s FA Cup clash at FC United ‘a massive game’ for Hereford United.
Graham believes the cash-strapped Bulls must be on their guard to avoid a cup upset against the part-timers.
“It’s a massive game for the club,” said Graham, “It's well documented about the money issues at the club and, in terms of cash-flow, everyone wants a cup run for the prize money and also the exposure.
“It would be brilliant for Hereford if we could go on a bit of a cup run.
“It would bring everyone together, create some pride for the fans and it could reignite the form we showed at the start of the season.”
The winners of the fourth qualifying round tie will pocket £12,500 in prize money and seal a place in the first round proper.
FC United are a fans-owned club who compete in the Evo- Stik League Premier Division.
Bulls’ supporters’ will be in the Cemetery Road end of Gigg Lane.
And the travelling supporters will hope that former FC United striker Phil Marsh can bury his former club’s FA Cup hopes.
Marsh, who joined the Bulls on a month’s loan from Forest Green Rovers, had a successful spell at FC United having been released by Manchester United.
“Marshy has not said a lot about FC United - he will probably speak to the manager at some point though,” said Graham.
FC United have former Bulls’ triallist Rhodri Giggs on their books.
United manager Martin Foyle knows the threat that FC United will pose.
“If you have to play a nonleague side in the FA Cup, then they are the sort of team you like to play,” he said.
“They play on a good pitch at a Football League ground and they like to play football – not just lump it down the middle.
“I know them all from last year. They have got a good fan base and will have around 2,500 of their own supporters.”