FA Cup exit worries Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman

John Coleman
John Coleman is the longest-serving manager in League Two

Accrington boss John Coleman says he is worried about the financial impact of Stanley's early exit from the FA Cup.

The League Two side, who are struggling for money with small attendances, were knocked out in the first round after a 4-1 defeat by Notts County.

Coleman told BBC Radio Lancashire: "It's a revenue source that's just been taken away from us.

"We're not getting enough people through the gates and until we do, it's going to be a continuous struggle."

The 4-1 defeat at Meadow Lane meant Stanley missed out on a cheque for £18,000.

"The prize money of not going through is a worry", added Coleman. "I'm still disappointed and when it comes to FA Cup day, for everybody else you'll look at it with a bit of envy because you're not involved."

Average attendances at the Crown Ground have gone up slightly this season thanks to crowds of more than 1,600 against Cheltenham and Swindon plus a bumper gate of 2,652 against Bradford.

Money at the LEague Two club remains tight but it is hoped a new share issue will boost the funds and widen ownership into the community.

Meanwhile Leeds midfielder Will Hatfield has extended his loan at Accrington until 31 December.

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