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Halesowen Town call for bumper crowd in front of TV cameras

FA Cup

Halesowen Town are urging their fans to cheer them on to a famous giant-killing by turning out in numbers for their televised FA Cup clash with Altrincham.

The Yeltz are calling for a bumper gate at The Grove on Saturday after the BBC announced they’d be streaming the FA Cup third qualifying round clash live on the BBC Sport website, app, red button and iPlayer.

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The Southern League Premier Division Central club’s director of football Keith McKenna told supporters they were thrilled with the BBC’s decision to broadcast the 12.30pm kick off as they bid to take another step toward their first appearance in the first round proper since 2004.

McKenna said: “This is a great for everyone associated with Halesowen Town FC and helps raise the profile of the club and the Town of Halesowen itself.

“We are very much looking forward to the game and can only thank the BBC for choosing us to feature on their famous FA Cup football channel.

“Can Halesowen Town cause an upset this weekend and keep our unbeaten run going in front of The Shed and the BBC cameras. Let’s all get down to The Grove, make some noise and show the boys your great support again.”

Paul Smith and his Yeltz side set up this weekend’s tie with a 3-1 replay victory over Step 4 Bedworth United, a 7-1 battering of Step 5 cup debutants Lichfield City and a 4-1 win over Step 3 Stratford Town in the last round.

Altrincham needed a replay to see off National League North rivals Chester 1-0. The Robins last reached the first round proper in 2016/17 season and last term were knocked out in the fourth qualifying round.

Sunday’s NLP will carry reports from all 40 ties scheduled in the FA Cup’s penultimate qualifying round.

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