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Truro City manager Hodges delighted to face ex-Premier League side in FA Cup

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By Matt Bishop

TRURO CITY boss Lee Hodges is glad his History Boys have been drawn away at former Premier League outfit Charlton Athletic.

The White Tigers are in the FA Cup first round proper for the first time in their history and will travel to the Valley flying the flag for Cornwall.

The in-form National League South side are the first Cornish club to reach this stage of the competition since 1969 when Falmouth Town drew Peterborough United.

And boss Hodges feels his team deserve their big day in the sun.

“All the hard work they’ve been putting in from pre-season to now has just been nice, and a whirlwind,” Hodges told The NLP.

“It’s paid off by getting the draw against Charlton, which was amazing. We were all together. We were one of the last teams to be drawn out and it seemed to be dragging on forever – and getting more intense. When it came out, wow, all the boys were buzzing. It will be fantastic for the club.

“It’s funny. I did an interview yesterday morning and they said, ‘Who would you like?’ I said, ‘A Blackburn or a Charlton away would be unbelievable or anyone at home’. But I did want the boys to have a league club away from home.

“They’re all boys who, for whatever reason, haven’t quite got their lucky break yet and it will be nice to showcase them and let them have a right go. It’s a fantastic draw.”

Don’t miss Sunday’s @NonLeaguePaper for more from Lee Hodges on Truro’s big draw!

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