FA Cup football comes to Exmouth as Town take on Barnstaple in Devon derby

Exmouth Town FC launch a new FA Cup campaign tomorrow (Saturday, August 10) when they take on Southern League Barnstaple Town at Southern Road.

Town, who began their new Western League season in great style last weekend by beating Bridport 4-1 at Southern Road, are in great shape ahead of the tie.

They also have last season’s leading scorer Ace High available – the Town hitman missed the Bridport game as he was finishing off a suspension carried over from last season.

Also back in the matchday squad is Adam Bilcock, who missed the Bridport game through illness.

Indeed, Town have other players returning who missed the opening league game and assistant boss Andy Rawlings says: “We have genuine competition for places this season and it’s going to be down to the players wearing the short to nail it down!

“We made a good start to the league season, but the FA Cup always offers a little extra spice and it should be a cracking game.”

Southern Road officials are hoping for a large crowd for the FA Cup game in Exmouth, which kicks off at 3pm.

Admission to the game is £6 for adults and £4 for the Over-65s and the Under-18s.

Owing to competition rules, Town are unable to run their regular matchday, ‘free for U16s’ and so they will pay £3 for this match and there is also no discount for season ticket holders, again owing to competition rules.

As well as a trip to Yate in the next round (that tie to be played on August 24), tomorrow’s winners will receive £2,250 while the beaten side will pocket £750.

Should a replay be required, it will be played in North Devon on Tuesday (August 13).

Barnstaple, who do not start their Southern League Division One season until next Saturday (August 17), completed their pre-season with a 6-2 home win over Holsworthy.

They are managed by Aaron Harper-Penman, who says of his side’s game at Exmouth: “It will be good to go down to Exmouth.

“They’ve got a good side and Kevin Hill has done wonders down there.

“They have some top players that we need to be aware of so it will be a tough game, but it will put us in good stead for the start of the season ahead.”

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