Bedworth United make club history in the FA Cup on Saturday when they play their Preliminary Round tie
…at Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South rivals Sutton Coldfield Town on an artificial pitch.
The Royals are staging the tie on their revolutionary 3G synthetic turf at their Coles Lane ground after the relaxing of rules by the Football Association – Ebac Northern League side Durham City are also at home in the cup on 3G on Saturday.
The FA now allows all qualifying ties up to the First Round proper to be played on artificial pitches said to far exceed previous synthetic pitches in performance and durability.
Certainly, the tie will be a new experience for manager Ady Fuller and his team for what the Greenbacks Board – in common with other non-League clubs – consider one of the most important games of the season.
Almost £2,000 is at stake for the winners and progression to the First Qualifying Round where there is a £3,000 prize at stake.