29 November 2019 22:35
MALDON AND TIPTREE'S team of scaffolders, teachers and work experience kids play the biggest game in the club's history tonight aiming for a second FA Cup giant killing in the space of a month. League Two Newport County travel to the 2,500 capacity Wallace Binder ground - the Jammers' reward for an astonishing first round win at Leyton Orient earlier this month. 7 Maldon and Tiptree chairman Ed Garty (far left) celebrates their epic first round win at Leyton Orient with the squad Credit: Rex Features 7 Garty was swamped by his players after the biggest win in the club's history Credit: Rex Features With an average wage of £200-a-week and squad littered with part timers, the eighth tier Essex club - in their first ever appearance in the first round proper - had no right to beat the crisis hit East Londoners. As Ed Garty - retired builder and now club chairman put it: "Absolutely no way did I think we would beat them. Think about it, they're four tiers above us, we shouldn't have beaten them." Lance Atkins - a centre-half who came off the bench at Orient - is a scaffolder by trade while right-back Kojo Awotwi and striker Charlie Hughes are both teachers.
Full-backs Al Amin Kazeem and Billy Cracknell both featured at Orient and - aged just 17 - are on 'work experience' loans from Colchester United. Just five years ago, Leyton Orient were 90 minutes from promotion to the Championship and the Essex minnows' reward for beating the established Football League side is a Friday night FA Cup tie live on the BBC and a bumper pay day. With annual running costs of £250,000 their historic Cup run has already bagged the club £150k with another £54k to come if they pull off the seemingly impossible and win tonight. Maldon have had to reduce their capacity by 500 to accommodate the BBC cameras but that hasn't worried Garty as the 2,000 sell-out crowd will be a far-cry from the 150 people he is used to seeing watch their Isthmian North league games. 7 Goals from Danny Parish and Jorome Slew saw the Jammers record a historic 2-1 win at Leyton Orient in front of 450 jubilant away fans Credit: Rex Features 7 Maldon fans invaded the pitch at Brisbane Road when the ref blew the final whistle Credit: Rex Features Maldon and Tiptree are sleepy rural towns in deepest Essex, with a combined population of 74,000 and are most famous for producing sea salt and Buckingham Palace's jam respectively.
"But Newport are a strong physical side, they're going to be knocking on the door of League Two promotion this season and they already have pedigree in the FA Cup. "They're giant killers themselves. They're going to be a very different proposition to Leyton Orient. "But you never know. If our guys go out there and work as hard as they did at Orient... A little bit of luck and who knows. "The attitude of the lads is we can win this game. We're not just turning up to make up the numbers." 7 Maldon manager Wayne Brown has done a fantastic job with the Essex side since he took charge Credit: Rex Features 7 Maldon players and staff feel they can pull off another giant killing against Newport County Credit: Rex Features Garty is already so proud of his side and while he'd love manger Wayne Brown and assistant Paul Abrahams to mastermind an unfathomable route to the third round, his focus remains on providing a platform for his players to build from. He said: "We're a club that wants to produce players that are going to go on and play in the Football League. "One day I want to be sitting in my house watching a Premier League game saying there's a boy who used to play for us." Maldon have already had their share of FA Cup magic this season, and while Garty hopes the spell doesn't fade any time soon, he has a clear message to any potential fans out there. With a deep love for the club evident in his voice, he added: "Come and watch us. We have got quality footballers down at Maldon. "When people sit and watch the Premier League they don't realise just how good the football is down at our level. "These boys deserve to be playing in front of more than 150 people. "They are fantastic footballers and they deserve to be playing in front of bigger crowds. "If people do come, they'd definitely come again." Maldon and Tiptree vs Newport County - FA Cup second round - Live on BBC TWO - Friday 29 November - Kick-off 7:55pm. 7 Maldon's team includes scaffolders, teachers and work experience kids Credit: Rex Features Get involved with the news in your community Hull City will be represented by ball 19 in Monday's draw for the Third Round of this season's Emirates FA Cup. The draw will start at around 7pm and fans can watch it live on BBC2 or BBC iPlayer, with former Arsenal captain Tony Adams and ex Manchester City defender Micah Richards pulling out the balls at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, home of current Cup holders Manchester City. The third-round ties will be contested on the weekend of Saturday 4th January 2020. The draw is not regionalised or seeded. Third Round Ball Numbers 1 AFC Bournemouth 2 Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 4 Barnsley 5 Birmingham City 6 Blackburn Rovers 7 Brentford 8 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 Bristol City 10 Burnley 11 Cardiff City 12 Charlton Athletic 13 Chelsea 14 Crystal Palace 15 Derby County 16 Everton 17 Fulham 18 Huddersfield Town 19 Hull City 20 Leeds United 21 Leicester City 22 Liverpool 23 Luton Town 24 Manchester City 25 Manchester United 26 Middlesbrough 27 Millwall 28 Newcastle United 29 Norwich City 30 Nottingham Forest 31 Preston North End 32 Queens Park Rangers 33 Reading 34 Sheffield United 35 Sheffield Wednesday 36 Southampton 37 Stoke City 38 Swansea City 39 Tottenham Hotspur 40 Watford 41 West Bromwich Albion 42 West Ham United 43 Wigan Athletic 44 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 Blackpool or Maidstone United 46 Portsmouth or Altincham 47 Shrewsbury Town or Mansfield Town 48 Coventry City or Ipswich Town 49 Kingstonian or AFC Fylde 50 Tranmere Rovers or Chichester City 51 Walsall or Oxford United 52 Exeter City or Hartlepool United 53 Eastleigh or Crewe Alexandra 54 Forest Green Rovers or Carlisle United 55 Solihull Moors or Rotherham United 56 Gillingham or Doncaster Rovers 57 Rochdale or Boston United 58 Peterborough United or Dover Athletic 59 Oldham Athletic or Burton Albion 60 Maldon & Tiptree or Newport County 61 Crawley Town or Fleetwood Town 62 Cheltenham Town or Port Vale 63 Northampton Town or Notts County 64 Bristol Rovers or Plymouth Argyle