The town of Worksop may never have a better chance to inspire their football club to a Wembley visit, says Tigers boss Mark Shaw.
Victory over Westfields at Sandy Lane on Saturday would put Worksop Town just four rounds away from the FA Vase final, played at the national stadium.
The club’s manager believes the competition – for clubs playing at levels below the one from which Tigers resigned – is one of the real silver linings of the club’s turbulent summer.
“We dropped down the divisions, which was disappointing, but it’s given us a chance to get to Wembley,” he told the Guardian.
“We aren’t going to get there in the FA Cup, or in the FA Trophy, but we could in the FA Vase.”
“And if we get promoted, this might be one of the few chances we get to get to Wembley.”
A prize of £1,500 awaits the winners of Saturday’s clash, and Shaw hopes the magnitude of the game will capture the imagination of local residents .
He said: “It’s huge, it’s a massive game. I think it’s huge for the club.”
“I want to see as many Worksop Town supporters there.”
“It’s the town’s opportunity to get to Wembley, and they don’t realise the impact they can have, to spur the team on and help the club get there.”
“It can’t be taken lightly.”
“When we’re at home in the FA Vase, we have to have that support all the way around the ground, we need 700 to 800 people there.”
Tigers’ visitors, Westfields, sit fourth in the Midland Premier Division and, like Worksop Town, have lost just one of their last 11 outings.