It’s gonna be on telly and we’ll lose (part 2)…

Okay, so last time I used that headline we got away with it! Today we’ve been drawn for the second round of the FA Cup to play away at Salisbury City, a team I never knew existed until today! The tie would take place at the start of December, and the Salisbury manager – Nick Holmes – has already spoken of trying to ensure it is staged at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. If this happens, tickets will be as rare as hell, as the ground only holds 3,740 supporters.

Casting my eye over the rest of the draw, I reckon it’s gonna be odds on that we’ll be picked up by the BBC to be televised, it’s too good a potential opportunity – particularly being away from the City Ground.  The club was founded only in 1947, and unsurprisingly we’ve never met them before – this is only the second time that the Wiltshire club have ever made it to this stage of the tournament.

All in all, I would rather us be drawn at home, but well, it will certainly be an interesting experience, and if Smoulderwood takes the competition as seriously for this round as he did for the first, then I can’t really see us encountering a problem.  Salisbury City are in the Conference South, which is the same league you’d find Yeading in, they actually currently sit top of the league at the moment, one point clear of Histon, but there remain more than 70 places between us and them in the league.

Amusingly they’re sponsored by a company called In-Excess, who disappointing seem to specialise in army rucksacks and screwdrivers rather than auto-erotic asphyxiation paraphernalia (sorry, I realise I’m now going to hell).  Their ground is based somewhat North of Salisbury itself, not far from Old Sarum – a prehistoric hillfort and the original settlement which later shifted down to Salisbury as it is now.  I’m definitely going to make an effort to get tickets for this!