Clubs earn TV windfall

Hawks director Trevor Brock Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks director Trevor Brock Picture: Dave Haines

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THE Hawks and Gosport Borough have been handed a hefty cash boost for their FA Cup first-round ties.

League One Preston North End’s trip to Westleigh Park will be broadcast live on digital channel BT Sport on Monday, November 10 (8pm kick-off), which will earn the Conference South side £67,500.

Meanwhile, Gosport’s showdown with Colchester and Pompey’s clash with Aldershot have both been switched to Sunday, November 9 (2pm) as part of BBC One’s coverage.

That day there will be instant goal and match highlights for viewers across eight matches, with all clubs involved earning £12,500.

The BT Sport windfall represents a sizeable cash injection for Lee Bradbury’s side – and director Trevor Brock believes it could have a big impact on their season’s hopes.

Brock said: ‘We’re over the moon that our game has been chosen for the live TV game on the Monday night.

‘It’s a tidy sum and that will give us a fantastic financial boost to help us get through the season and give us a good shot at getting into the play-offs.’

Alex Pike is also happy for his Borough team to be included in the TV coverage.

However, he admitted a tinge of disappointment that local fans would not be able to see all three local games.

Pike said: ‘I’m pleased for Havant and I’m pleased for us. FA Cup fever is something I’ve never experienced before.

‘It’s a bit of a shame we play on the same day as Pompey because I think a lot of people might have wanted to go to all three games.

‘When is that ever going to happen again?’


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