Carrow Road tie is dream date for FA Cup minnows

Droylsden chief Dave Pace admits an FA Cup third round date at Norwich would be a 'dream' tie ahead of tonight's second round replay at League One Orient.

The Conference North minnows head to London buoyed by a battling 1-1 draw in the televised original game at the Bloods' Butchers Arms ground. Bank manager Ciaran Kilheeney's first half header had threatened a potential giant-killing against an Orient side 60 places above them in the football pyramid before Scott McGleish saved Orient.

Pace has bankrolled Droylsden's rise up the non-League ranks over the past decade and the Bloods' run to the second round in this season's world famous competition has already earned them �42,500 in prize money, plus another five-figure windfall for live coverage of the first tie.

'It's going to be hard but I still fancy us to go down to Orient and get a result,' he said.

'There's still more to come from us because I thought in the first game the conditions were against us.


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'We totally dominated the first half and were good value for our lead but, as the conditions became icier, we found it more difficult. We are a footballing side and the treacherous underfoot conditions meant we had to resort to long ball tactics which isn't our normal game.

'But we live to fight another day and the dream of going to Norwich is still on.'

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Orient's fit-again captain Stephen Dawson admits the lure of potential trip to Carrow Road early in the New Year is a big reward for the winners.

'Hopefully we can play a bit better in the replay at home. I fancy Carrow Road in round three in front of 25,000 fans against a Norwich side pushing for promotion into the Premier League,' he said. 'It was a great header by Scott because it would certainly have been an upset if we had gone out of the FA Cup.

'I had begun to wonder if it was going to be our night. It was a treacherous surface up there. It was getting that slippy that nobody was running at full pelt because they were worried about falling badly. The main thing for us is that we're still in it.'

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