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More FA Cup magic as Bricks go through

29 August, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Hadley FC boss Anthony Clark with his man-of-the-match Peter Rosemin

THE magic of the FA Cup has once again gripped Hadley FC after the club reached the first round qualifying stage of the famous old club ­competition for the ­second season in a row.

Goals from Peter Rosemin and Paul Wright saw the Bricks beat ­Hoddesdon Town 2-0 at their home ground in Brickfield Lane, Barnet, on Saturday in the ­preliminary round.

Manager Anthony Clark, who lives in Highgate, said: “Obviously it’s a privilege to be a part of the FA Cup. As a coach or a player you want to win every game you play, but getting a result in the FA Cup is about more than just winning. Like a lot of clubs our size, Hadley is in debt. So the prize money up for grabs is vital.

“So far our run in the FA Cup has netted the club £5,140 and, even if we lose our first round qualifying match, we’ll receive another £1,500.

“That’s a massive amount of money. If we were to win our next game we would win £4,500, and in the second round qualifying the winners would get a further £6,500, and the losers £2,250 – imagine what that kind of money means to a club in debt.”

The Bricks, who are largely made up of players from across Camden and Islington, have been drawn at home against Arlesey Town in the next round.

Having had the experience of playing in the first round qualifying stage last season, when they lost in a replay against Leverstock Green, Clark is confident that his charges are better prepared this time around.

He added: “I honestly think we have a better squad than we did last season.

“We’ve added a few players, and, as a squad, we are 12 months on and have more experience, especially when it comes to handling the big games.

“Much like in the last round when we played Hoddesdon Town, I’m sure Arlesey will be delighted with the draw.

“We could have faced a club that plays two tiers above us in the footballing pyramid, so to get a home fixture against a team from our level, one that we know, and have beaten, is a good result.

“We know it won’t be easy, it will be another close game just like the one we had on Saturday, which was only settled in the last 10 minutes. We’re all looking forward to it.”

Hadley FC will take on Arlesey Town at Brickfield Lane in Barnet on Saturday, September 7, in a 3pm kick-off.

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