Hadleigh United manager Stuart Crawford admitted he would have preferred a home tie, but was ‘not too disgruntled’ being paired with AFC Emley in the FA Vase fourth round.
The Brettsiders are just four wins from Wembley after defeating Oxhey Jets on Saturday thanks to goals from Marcus Josiah and Scott Chaplin, but will have to overcome the Yorkshire-based side and a 394-mile round trip on January 19.
“I was hoping we would be at home because I think that played a part against Oxhey on Saturday,” said Crawford. “But I’m not too disgruntled, although it is going to be a tough game.”
AFC Emley were formed when the original Emley club — who famously narrowly lost 2-1 to West Ham United in the third round of the FA Cup in 1997/98 — were moved to Wakefield.
They play in Baris Northern Counties East League Division One, one level lower than Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division outfit Hadleigh.
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