FA CUP JOURNEY BEGINS

This Saturday, the Seagulls take a break from National League South action, and instead embark on their FA Cup journey against Salisbury FC for the 2018-2019 season.

This Saturdays game is the first home tie in the FA Cup for the Seagulls since their 2014 first round tie with Doncaster Rovers. Marc McGregor’s squad will be boosted by the availability of Matt Bower, thanks to Cheltenham Town allowing the use of the centre back, with Tom Llewellyn also now back in the squad after a month loan spell with Mangotsfield United. Centre back Jason Pope is however suspended for the tie after his sending off against Hemel Hempstead last Saturday.

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Salisbury are currently 11th in the Southern League South Division, with nine points from their first seven games following promotion last season. Salisbury are managed by former Football League striker Steve Claridge, and have former Seagulls central midfielder Darren Mullings in their squad, who spent two spells at the Woodspring in the past. Former Hereford forward Pablo Haysham could lead the line for Claridge’s men, in what is sure to be a tough test for both sides. Salisbury drew with Yate Town 1 – 1, before beating their opponents 1 – 3 away in the replay.

On the game, Marc McGregor commented: “The FA Cup gives us a welcome break from the league however this will be a tough fixture. They have a very good squad and experienced manager who are riding high after a promotion last year, and a club with ambition to climb higher again. But a home tie was what we wanted so we are pleased with that. This should be a fantastic game”.

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Ticket prices for the game are as follows: £12 for adults, £8 for concessions, £3 for U16s (accompanied by an adult) and U8s go free (accompanied by an adult).

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