Armthorpe Welfare aim to make FA Cup history

The FA Cup
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Armthorpe Welfare boss Brian Johnston says his side will relish their status as underdogs in this weekend’s FA Cup tie at home to Buxton.

Welfare can equal their best ever run in the famous competition with victory at Church Street on Saturday (3pm).

Armthorpe Welfare boss Brian Johnston

Armthorpe Welfare boss Brian Johnston

Wins against Hemsworth MW, New Mills and AFC Liverpool have seen Armthorpe reach the second qualifying round for the first time in ten years.

Johnston’s men now face a Buxton side who operate two levels higher than Welfare on the footballing pyramid - but he is confident his players will give a good account of themselves.

“Nobody expected us to get this far in the competition and nobody will expect us to beat Buxton - but we’ll give it a really good go,” he said.

“Everyone at the club is really looking forward to it. The lads have all been talking about it. They’re up for it. We played Buxton in pre-season and they beat us 1-0.

“They’ve probably got stronger since then, and they’re in the top five in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, so we know it’ll be a tough game.

“We’ll have to be really switched on throughout but if we are all on it we’ll give them a good game.”

Armthorpe have so far pocketed more than £6,000 in prize money for their FA Cup exploits. The winners of this weekend’s tie stand to collect another £4,500.

“It’s a nice amount of money we’ve won so far and it’ll certainly keep the club going for a good bit,” said Johnston.

“There’s room for some ground improvements and we’ve got a youth team now which needs funding.

“We’re trying to go about things the right way, and every little helps.”

Welfare’s best ever run in the FA Cup came in the 1986/87 season when they reached the third qualifying round only to then be beaten at home by Chorley.

Tickets for Saturday’s game are priced £5 for adults, £3 for concessions.