FA Cup: Stourbridge's Gary Hackett frustrated by Northampton 'anti-climax'

Gary Hackett
Gary Hackett's Stourbridge would face an away tie at Wycombe if they can get past Northampton

Stourbridge boss Gary Hackett says the postponement of Sunday's FA Cup second-round tie with Northampton because of a frozen pitch was a disappointment.

But it meant Northern Premier League side Stourbridge, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, were in Monday's third-round draw for the first time in their history.

They have now got the incentive of a third-round tie at Wycombe on 7 January

But, before then, the Northampton tie is rearranged for Tuesday, 13 December.

"It's the biggest anti-climax you could imagine," Hackett told BBC WM. "I feel sorry for everybody involved with the football club. We'd worked so hard to create hopefully a perfect day.

"We had fans from Sweden, and quite a few from London who have lived here in previous years. But you have to put a positive spin on things."

As for again failing to pull out a potential money-spinning tie, Stourbridge chairman Andy Pountney said: "We've had a lot of what you would call fairly flat draws against teams who don't get great gates.

"It would have been nice to have got a Premier League club on a big ground. Then, even if you lose, you still get a decent return on the number of people who have turned up."

Keeping FA Cup magic in the family

Stourbridge goalkeeper Matt Gould, the son of much-travelled West Bromwich Albion goalkeeping coach Jonathan, is the grandson of Bobby Gould, who famously won the Cup as manager of Wimbledon in 1988.

Following the Glassboys' impressive 3-0 first-round replay home win over fellow non-league side Whitehawk, Gould is still intent only on putting in another good team performance at the War Memorial Athletic Ground next Tuesday night.

"We've got a decent squad with players who can play at a higher level," he told BBC Sport. "Hopefully against Northampton they can show that ability. You never know. Go out and beat Northampton, then you'd almost expect to beat Wycombe.

"It was unfortunate the game got called off. We were expecting a big crowd. It was a sell-out within three days. But we'll just have to come back next Tuesday night.

"A few years ago they put up extra stands and we had 3,500 here. I don't think it was viable this year. But our capacity is still 2,600 and we're getting the highest crowds in the Northern Premier League. We're getting 800 regularly and hopefully that will continue."

Stourbridge keeper Matt Gould's grandfather Bobby won the FA Cup as manager of Wimbledon in 1988
Stourbridge keeper Matt Gould's grandfather Bobby won the FA Cup as manager of Wimbledon in 1988

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