NLP | Article

NLP | Article

I had this theory about there being no big shocks in the FA Cup when the games are played on a Sunday for the live TV cameras or on the BBC red button.

My thought-process was that for there to be a decent chance of an upset, the prime ingredients were a night game or a Saturday at the usual 3pm kick-off. Not Sunday lunchtime.

Non-League players are creatures of habit and don’t think much of a day of graft followed by a big game. Warrington Town beating Exeter City in 2014 always springs to mind or Notts County falling at Salford City the following season.

I was at that game on a cold Friday night and the next day took in Altrincham against Barnsley where Non-League’s great giantkillers struck again.

The ingredients were there. Non-League team at home, desperate to create history and in their usual playing slot.

Sundays, though? There just seems to be something about them. Now my theory has increasingly been shot down. Chesham have beaten Bristol Rovers and, of course, Guiseley beat Cambridge United last season to name a couple.

But, even so, there can’t be many who would have thought Maldon & Tiptree would beat Leyton Orient a fortnight ago. Kingstonian beat a Macclesfield Town youth side on the same afternoon but with all the financial issues at Macc, it sounds like Ks fans knew that would be the case from the first whistle.

But little Maldon & Tiptree seeing off a League Two side like Orient – a side who know their way around tricky Non-League situations? It was a fantastic result, surely one of the best this season’s competition will throw up. Expect everyone to be talking about Jorome Slew in the coming weeks – he’s scored 22 goals this season already!

Now Wayne Brown’s side will welcome Newport County or Grimsby Town (depending on Tuesday’s replay) to their Essex home next Friday with the TV cameras in attendance. The makings of an upset? You bet!

DID you hear the a-moo-sing excuse for missing training that Atherton Collieries boss Michael Clegg received last week?

Striker Tom Bentham is a butcher by day and had a unique reason for not being at training on Thursday night. So he sent his gaffer a message.

Bentham said: “Cleggs – I think I’m going to be working till like 11 tonight mate. Got a full cow to do on a farm and it needs doing today after work.”

Clegg responded: “Have a night off because that’s the best excuse I’ve ever had!”

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