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FA Cup minnows Shortwood picked for BT Sport clash

Shortwood dreaming of FA Cup run. (©GettyImages)
Shortwood dreaming of FA Cup run. (©GettyImages).

The heroes of Shortwood United have been rewarded for their FA Cup giant-killing exploits, with their First Round match against Port Vale being televised on BT Sport.

The Gloucestershire side, who ply their trade in the Southern League Division One South and West, are the lowest-ranked team left in the historic competition.

They have already claimed three scalps over opposition in higher divisions than themselves, disposing of Dorchester Town, Didcot Town and most incredibly, Aldershot Town in a replay away on Tuesday night.

The TV slot is just reward for the team, who are the second-biggest team in the small town of Nailsworth, which has a population of roughly 6,500.

“The FA Cup First Round is one of the very best moments in the sporting calendar, pitting non-league sides who in some cases have played several qualifying rounds already, against League One and League Two sides wary of a headline-grabbing upset," said Simon Green, head of BT Sport, in a press release sent to GiveMeSport confirming the fixture.

Shortwood, who have never before gone beyond the qualifying rounds of the FA Cup, are doing everything they can to ensure that the game can be hosted at their Meadowbank ground, with some concerns over travel arrangements.

The ground is situated amongst narrow country lanes, making traffic and parking a concern for travelling Valiants fans. There is a possibility to move the match to the New Lawn, home of neighbours Forest Green Rovers, but joint-manager Alex Sykes says the club are determined not to move if it is possible. 

"Our ground is quaint and we'd do well to get 1,500 in but ourselves, the players and the chairman would love to be able to showcase our club and keep home advantage," said Sykes, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

Due to the television coverage, the game has now been moved to Monday, November 11, with a kick-off time of 7.30pm.

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