(Image courtesy of Whitehawk FC)
Whitehawk and Stourbridge will play for the pride and financial incentives of a strong FA Cup run.
Brighton based non-league side Whitehawk FC could face Northampton Town FC in the Second round of the Emirates FA Cup.
First, they will need to get past the obstacle of an away match against Stourbridge FC from the West Midlands on the 14th of November in a First round replay.
The two sides played to a 1-1 stalemate on Saturday with Glen Southam and Dan Scarr scoring the goals for Whitehawk and Stourbridge, respectively.
However, the referee blew the final whistle a few seconds before Javier Favarel hit a well-struck volley into the back of the net which would’ve won Whitehawk the tie.
This resulted in a melee at the final whistle in which goalkeeper Ross Flitney was sent off for protesting the referee’s decision to not award the goal.
The two will now face each other in a replay for the mouth-watering prospect of facing Northampton Town at home in the next round.
Whitehawk will be highly motivated to beat Stourbridge after being denied the lucrative opportunity of an away tie against Premier League side Everton when they lost to Dagenham and Redbridge in the second round last year.
The Emirates FA Cup also presents the opportunity to earn revenue from the prize money of progressing through the rounds as Whitehawk have already earned £3,425 with £1,500 coming from the Extra Preliminary round and £1,925 coming from the Preliminary round.
Whitehawk could earn a further £3,000 if they win against Stourbridge and progress to the next round according to the Emirates FA Cup website.
There is also increased media exposure in a cup run as the team could gain revenue from TV money and increased sponsorship.
Whitehawk should be looking to get one stage further than last year for the opportunity to face a side in the higher echelons of the Football League.