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Emirates FA Cup: Manager Steve Smith says Bishop's Stortford will give everything in front of the BT Sport cameras against St Albans City in fourth qualifying round




Bishop's Stortford manager Steve Smith says his players will give absolutely everything to beat St Albans City in front of the BT Sport TV cameras on Monday (October 26) for a place in the first round proper of the Emirates FA Cup.

Blues, who are nine games unbeaten in all competitions, set up the home fourth qualifying round tie with the Vanarama National League South side after beating Royston Town 3-0 last Wednesday .

The contest has been put back two days after being selected for television coverage. Tuesday night's (Oct 20) scheduled trip to Isthmian League, Premier Division leaders Worthing was postponed to give them more time to prepare for their big night.

The Blues have already made £11,250 in prize money for reaching this stage and a win on Monday night, combined with the £5,000 broadcast fee from the FA, would boost that total to £25,625.

St Albans, who are managed by former Arsenal and Colchester United player Ian Allinson, are fifth in National League South with seven points from their opening three games.

As they are hosting a club from the National League, only Blues supporters can attend Monday's match, in accordance with the latest National League System Spectator Guidance.

Bishop's Stortford manager Steve Smith believes his side have a good chance of progressing. Picture: Vikki Lince
Bishop's Stortford manager Steve Smith believes his side have a good chance of progressing. Picture: Vikki Lince

The draw for the first round takes place around half an hour before the 7.45pm kick-off as part of BT Sport's coverage of the game.

Manager Steve Smith is hoping for a 600 reduced-capacity sellout and said: "I can tell you now the boys will go on that pitch and give everything they've got. As soon as that whistle goes they'll be at it.

"St Albans are a decent side, but it's a game we can win. No game's easy at this stage so we'll have to be at our best to beat them, but we're full of confidence at the moment.

"The boys are bang up for it and having a week's rest before the game is massive.

"Rome wasn't built in a day. It's taken three years to get to this point and I've taken a lot of stick along the way, so it's nice now to repay people with a side they can be proud of. This is the best side Stortford have had for many a year.

"There's a long way to go, but we've made a great start to the season. Hopefully we can get a result on Monday and be in the first round proper – that's the dream."



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