BROMSGROVE Sporting are potentially just 90 minutes away from reaching Wembley and competing in the final of the FA Vase.
The Rouslers travel to Cleethorpes Town this afternoon (Saturday) hoping to reach the final of the Vase for the first time in their history.
And all 350 away tickets for the game were quickly snapped up by eager fans who could be set to witness a momentous piece of Bromsgrove football history.
The fixture is nicely balanced after both sides played out a 1-1 draw in front of a new club record crowd of 3,349 fans at The Victoria Ground on Saturday.
Jason Cowley gave The Rouslers the lead after 30 minutes but Luke Edwards’ own-goal nine minutes after half-time pulled Cleethorpes level.
Club chairman Mike Burke told The Standard this week he hoped tomorrow’s game would not go to penalties because it would be a cruel way to end Sporting’s magnificent Vase run if they finished on the wrong side of the shootout.
“The one fear I have is going to spot-kicks because I would not want to see a player miss the penalty which could have sent us to Wembley.
“Hopefully we can get the job done in 90 minutes but whatever happens, I am going to tell the boss [Paul Smith] that he should be proud of what he has done.
“Everybody has worked hard, there’s a lot of pressure in the Vase and the league but the lads have performed every week.
“The run has brought the whole town alive and hopefully our fans will make themselves heard this weekend.”
Cleethorpes had allocated another 50 tickets to Sporting which were quickly snapped up when they went on sale inside The Rouslers Bar on Monday night.
As Cleethorpes’ ground has a maximum capacity of 1,200, under FA rules Sporting should only have had a ticket allocation of 180.
However, due to the size of The Rouslers’ following Cleethorpes chairman David Patterson said they would give Sporting 300 tickets which was then increased to 350.
And the good luck messages have been flooding in on the club’s Twitter page – here are just a few of them:
@holteender86: “Whatever happens we’ll be proud of you
all. Good luck to everyone. COYR”
@Bigsmee: “good luck and go there heads high and with no fear
@gary_mac65: “All the very best. You’ve done yourselves proud
already but don’t stop dreaming just yet!”
@NoelJMart: “Best of luck! Very much looking forward to backing the boys on Saturday!”
@Lozzaboi9: “All the best to my pals @SportingFC today. Make history fellas.”
@coleshilltownfc: “Good luck @SportingFC you can do it”
@bromsgrovesoc: “Wishing @SportingFC good luck in the @BuildbaseUK #FAVase semi-final 2nd leg. #Bromsgrove”
@ChrisBloore: “Best of luck to @pdscontractflo2 & @SportingFC players and fans today. Fancy them to beat the odds today. Never see a more ‘together’ group.”
Anybody who can’t make it to the Vase semi-final can keep up with all the action from the Bromsgrove Standard Twitter account – @BromStandard – from 2.30pm.