Havant & Waterlooville to bank FA Cup windfall after Cray Valley tie is chosen for live streaming

Hawks will receive a £12,500 windfall after their FA Cup tie with Cray Valley was chosen by the BBC to feature in their Sunday highlights special.

Thursday, 29th October 2020, 4:59 pm
The FA Cup. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images.

The game is one of several selected for live distribution abroad as well as live streaming across the Beeb’s digital platforms, including iPlayer and the App.As a result, it will kick off at 12.45pm on Sunday, November 8.It could be a lucrative day for Hawks as they bid to reach the second round proper for only the second time in their history.A victory over two divisions lower Cray would also earn them £16,972, to go alongside the £18,000 they have already banked from winning through three rounds. If they were to suffer a shock loss, Hawks would still bank £5,657.Because the Cray tie is being streamed by the BBC, Hawks aren’t allowed to stream it themselves.Harrogate’s home tie with Skelmersdale will be shown live on the BBC on Friday, November 6.Skelmersdale, from the North West Counties League top flight - the same level as the Wessex Premier - are the lowest-ranked team left in the tournament. EFL new boys Harrogate, who gave Pompey an FA Cup first round scare last season, are five divisions higher than their Lancashire visitors.Cray Valley, from the Isthmian South East League, are one of just four step 4 clubs to have reached the second round. Canvey Island, Maldon & Tiptree and Marine are the others.Cray have already won through five rounds, having started their campaign in the preliminary qualifying round stage.Oxford City’s home tie with Northampton will be the final second round tie to take place, screened live by the BBC on Monday, November 9.

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