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Witham Town ready for their big day in front of the TV cameras
Witham Town boss Garry Kimble doesn’t think the prospect of featuring in front of a national television audience will be a worry to his players in their FA Cup first qualifying round tie on Saturday.
Kimble’s team will entertain Mildenhall Town of the Thurlow Nunn League premier division at the Village Glass Stadium (kick-off 3pm) with the cameras of the BT Sport channel in close attendance.
They are due to show action from the ground and interviews as part of their Life’s a Pitch feature, which is aired on Monday nights.
BT Sport will then continue following whoever wins Saturday’s match in the next round after featuring Mildenhall in their preliminary round win against Clapton and Kimble hopes their presence will help to attract more supporters through the turnstiles.
He said: “I don’t think having the cameras there adds any extra pressure and if anything it just adds another incentive to win.
“Whoever wins the game will be followed by BT Sport in the next round as well.
“It’s nice that they are coming down for the players and the club.
“Things like this help to put us on the map and we are trying to publicise it as much as we can to get as many people along as possible.
“It would be nice to see more supporters there because we are doing so well in the league.
“We aren’t just some long-ball team, we play good football, get the ball down on the floor and we want people to come and see that.
“But Mildenhall are flying in their league, so it will be whoever wants it most will win it.
“I was speaking to one of their players, Ricky Cornish, who was my boot boy when I was a pro at Cambridge, and he was telling me that they have been doing well.
“Whoever you play will have a go because it’s the FA Cup.
“It’s nice to be in the Cup and it’s such a special event for everyone. I’m hoping that we’ll get a few more local supporters along to the ground and hopefully having the TV cameras there will help as well.”
Kimble confirmed that Tom Wraight will miss the game as he will be out for four weeks with ankle ligament damage picked up in their FA Cup replay win at Newmarket Town last week.
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