AFC Totton delighted by FA Cup draw against Bristol Rovers

FA Cup

AFC Totton boss Stuart Ritchie says being drawn against Bristol Rovers is "fantastic", following Saturday's FA Cup first round heroics.

Southern Premier Division Totton defeated Bradford Park Avenue 8-1 to reach the second round for the first time in their 100-year history.

And they rounded off a fine weekend by being paired with League Two Rovers.

"It's a fantastic draw and it's going to grab the imagination of everyone," Ritchie told BBC Radio Solent.

"I'm just so pleased for the club. It was a great day and we can give the fans another great day.

"This draw allows us to push the club on even more. We want to keep pushing on.

"I really believe in this football club. The financial implications are massive."

Officials at Totton will meet with the police and safety officials before deciding whether their Testwood Stadium can host the tie.

But, if it does, then it could be one of the fixtures shown live on television, which would have big financial implications for the club.

Chairman Phil Shephard believes that Paul Buckle's Rovers - 16th in League Two - will be wary of their trip to Hampshire.

"It's a home draw against a league club and they will be more concerned about us then we are of them," said Shephard.

"They will view this as a potential banana skin and will be doing their research on us from now.

"We've been on a steep learning curve ever since we moved to this ground in February. We listen to people, take advice from other clubs and hopefully it will be a successful day.

"The fans were absolutely fantastic. Let's hope they all come back for the second round."

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