Match Of The Week: Whitehawk 1-2 Hendon

The latter qualifying round stages of the FA Cup have a habit of rather creeping up on us. One week, village teams are playing each other in front of a handful of men and their dogs, but before you know it there is something altogether more significant at stake. This weekend it’s the Third Qualifying Round stage, and everybody involved this weekend has something to play for. The relative giants (and it is relative – Luton Town or Darlington, say, look like goliaths on the horizon if your club struggles to bring in a three figure crowd on a regular basis) of the Blue Square Premier enter the competition in the final qualifying round, and the winners of this afternoon’s matches also pocket £7,500 – a tidy sum for a small club, and on top of that lies the opportunity to profit still further from involvement in the next round, at least. On the very perimeter of Brighton, at the foot of the Sussex Downs, lays The Enclosed Ground, the home of Whitehawk Football Club. Whitehawk were bought by a local company called Kingspan last year and have been on the up since then. They won the Sussex County Football League at the end of last season and the ground improvements required to host Ryman League football were carried out to ensure their promotion. The Enclosed Ground is now...

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