Exmouth Town in the FA Cup - Town assistant manager Andy Rawlings looks ahead to the big meeting with Barnstaple Town

PUBLISHED: 10:43 06 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:52 09 August 2019

Exmouth Town at home to Bridport. Ref exsp 32 19TI 9575. Picture: Terry Ife

Exmouth Town at home to Bridport. Ref exsp 32 19TI 9575. Picture: Terry Ife


FA Cup magic rolls into Exmouth tomorrow (Saturday) with Town hosting Barnstaple Town at Southern Road.

Exmouth Town are hoping for their 'biggest gate in years' and assistant manager Andy Rawling says: "The whole town is buzzing, everyone is talking about it.

"With Exeter City being away, that always attracts more into our ground and we should have our biggest gate for a number of years.

"We had 206 last weekend [against Bridport] and we hope to double it this weekend."

Rawling said he was delighted that it wasn't just football fans getting involved, but Exmouth as a whole.

He said: "It just shows how far the club has come. We had some dark days and it's not just about the players or the management. On and off the pitch everyone is pulling together"

Town go into the game off the back of a commanding 4-1 win over Bridport in their opening game of the Toolstation Western League Premier Division season.

For the cup tie, Town welcome back club top scorer Ace High, who missed the league opener through suspension.

New signing Dax Vincent is in contention to make his first competitive start for the team.

Karl Rickard and Kieran Willdigg remain suspended, while Robbie Powell is on holiday.

On team selection, Rawling said: "It will be a similar team to the one on Saturday with the obvious inclusion of Ace High. We're going to pop him straight back in, he's too big a player not to include."

On their opponents, Rawling said: "I know they're under a bit of a change with a new manager coming last season.

"They're going to be well-up for this as well. We know this will be our toughest test and a chance to prove ourselves against a tougher team."

Barnstaple are one league above Town but despite the difference, Town's strong defence gives Rawling confidence.

He said: "This year we built our team from the back and if we don't concede any goals, you've always got a chance and our defence is looking rock solid.We've only conceded one goal in both pre-season and the season. We are the underdogs but we fancy our chances."

The FA Cup game kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, August 10, at Southern Road.

If you can't make it to the game, you can follow along by following @eastdevonsport on twitter and be sure to visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk on Saturday evening for a full match report.

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