Graham Fenton gives reaction to FA Cup draw

Graham Fenton gives reaction to FA Cup draw

Joint manager Graham Fenton says South Shields will be giving Garforth Town plenty of respect when the two sides meet in the Emirates FA Cup.

The draw for the first qualifying round of the competition was made on Tuesday, with the tie between Shields and Garforth to take place at Mariners Park on Saturday, September 8.

Garforth play in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, and are 15th in the table having picked up four points from four games.

Fenton said: “We’re delighted to have been given a home draw and are looking forward to welcoming Garforth Town to Mariners Park.

“I’m sure it will be a closely-fought FA Cup tie.

“We understand that we’ll probably go into it as favourites, but we certainly won’t be taking anything for granted.

“We will give Garforth every respect due and will be trying our best to come out with a positive result.”

Shields reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup last season, defeating Bridlington Town, Witton Albion, Darlington and York City before losing narrowly to Hartlepool United at Mariners Park.

Fenton wants Shields to go on a similar run this year.

He added: “The FA Cup is a massive competition for any club to be involved in.

“As everybody knows, the league is our main focus, but we know the positivity a strong cup run – particularly in the FA Cup – can bring, and the way it can affect a club.

“It can also generate quite a bit of revenue for the club, so it’s very important.

“Last season we got all the way to the fourth qualifying round and gained quite a bit of media exposure too, which would be great to have again.

“We want to go on a similar, if not better, run than the one last season.

“This is the first step and we will have to take the game very seriously.”

Garforth are competing in the first qualifying round for the first time since 2012.

They got the better of Bridlington – one of Shields’ opponents in last season’s FA Cup run – 2-1 on Saturday thanks to a last minute goal from Albert Ibrahimi.