SO IT`S TEAM BATH ...
... in the First Round.
We expect this to be chosen for live TV coverage on Saturday lunchtime (midday, Nov 16) by Sky Sports, but this will need to be confirmed of course.
Student examination ahead for Stags
THE eyes of the nation will be on Mansfield Town in the FA Cup first round as they take on student side TEAM Bath from the University of Bath in a fortnight's time.
Everyone loves an underdog and manager Stuart Watkiss knows all non-Stags fans will be willing on the first student team since Oxford in 1880 to reach the first round proper.
"Obviously this is going to be a high profile game with a lot of media attention," he said.
"We will get them watched and treat them with the same respect we would treat League opposition.
"There will be upsets in the FA Cup first round and we just have to make sure we are not one of them.
"It is a bridge we will cross when we come to it, but we have some very important League games before then."
Team Bath play in the Screwfix Direct Western League Premier Division - the equivalent locally of the Northern Counties East Premier Division.
After a 0-0 draw in Horsham on Saturday, few could have expected the replay thriller
that was witnessed by a crowd of 1,581 at the University of Bath last night.
Chris Lewis equalised Gary Charman's spectacular opener, but former Torquay
United keeper Ryan Northmore came out the hero as he saved two spot-kicks
before substitute Caleb Kamara-Taylor drove home the goal that saw Team Bath
into the next round.
"It's fantastic and difficult to put in to words," said Team Bath manager
"We've had a great night here and the lads have given their all.
"I thought we were going to win it in normal time but they dug deep when
Alex (Ball) was sent off and it's a great result for the team and for Bath."
Team Bath are speaking to the FA Today to ask if the tie can be played at their University of Bath sports ground.
But facilities are very sparse and chances are the tie may have to be switched to Bath City's Twerton Park or even Bath RUFC's Recreation Ground.
The tie is due to be played on Saturday, 16th November, though ground availability and SKY TV may have a say in that.
Sky still have a noon kick-off slot to fill on the Saturday.
Bath City face a replat at Yeovil tonight (Tuesday) and have a home draw if they get through to complicate matters further.
News of the date and kick-off will be posted here as soon as they are known.
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