Football: Castle boss banking on another cup shock
NEWCASTLE Town manager Greg Clowes believes his side's unattractive draw in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup may boost their chances of pulling off another shock.
Castle will travel to either North Ferriby United or Vauxhall Motors on October 23 when they will be 90 minutes away from going into the hat for the first round proper for the first time in 14 years.
Clowes, pictured right, said: "From a financial point of view it won't be that rewarding at the gate because neither club pull in much of a crowd, but I believe we have a chance.
"I am sure both North Ferriby and Vauxhall will think it is a fantastic draw to be at home to Newcastle Town, but we have already shown, both at Hednesford and Mickleover Sports last Saturday, what we can do against supposedly superior opposition."
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North Ferriby are mid-table in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, the same league as Mickleover, while Vauxhall are in the bottom four of Blue Square Bet North.
"The alternative would have been to play a club that attracts big crowds, but would have given us less chance of winning," said Clowes.
North Ferriby and Vauxhall Motors drew 2-2 on Saturday and Clowes will watch tonight's replay at Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port ground.
Newcastle have already banked £16,500 in prize money for beating Nuneaton Griff, Hednesford, Wednesfield and Mickleover, and will be bidding for a further £12,500 in their next tie.
Clowes, meanwhile, has swooped to sign young Port Vale striker Anthony Malbon on loan.
Malbon, who has been on the first-team bench at Vale this season, joins initially for a month, and Clowes said: "Anthony is pleased with the move and we can promise him plenty of football in the time he will be with us."
Castle have been keeping tabs on Malbon, who follows fellow Vale youngster Matt Ball in spending time with the Lyme Valley club.
But Clowes has failed to tempt midfielder Glynn Blackhurst away from struggling Nantwich Town, although he has not given up on the midfielder.