Rainworth Manager Rudy Funk has said this draw is a dream come true - he and Eastwood boss Paul Cox are great friends and this was the match he wanted. Rainworth website has more.
The ties are to be played 3rd March with a 7:30pm kick off, but this is usually flexible.
Draw in full
Rainworth MW v Eastwood Town
Carlton Town v Forest Town
Calverton MW / Retford Utd v Hucknall Town
Gedling Town / Gedling MW v Arnold Town
The Rainworth v Eastwood game is one that both myself and Kev are looking forward to. We have seen a lot of both teams over tha past few seasons, and although on paper it should be an Eastwood win, I reckon this could be a close game.
Rainworth MW play in the NCEL Div 1(step 6), while Eastwood are flying high in the UniBond Premier Division (step 3). Eastwood have just added prolific Danny Holland to their strike force and look formidable up top. Danny Holland, Ian Holmes, Peter Knox, Marc Smith, Matt Rhead, Lindon Meikle are all top players. However, Rainworth have a few proven goalscorers of their own in Malc Brown, Ant Lynam, Phil Bignall, Robbie Clarke and Alan Jeffries -- I know they can't all play, but both have decent attacking line-ups to choose from.
Former Badgers James Whitehead, Richard Smith and Danny Bainbridge would love to put one over their former team, as would Rainworth physio Dave Nicholls who "carried the bucket" for Eastwood for many years. For Paul Cox it will be a chance for him to take a look at his former academy star Jermaine Hollis. Big things were predicted for this young player after he went to Kidderminster Harriers from the Eastwood Academy, but obviously things didn't quite go to plan ...
This one is in the diary - no matter when it's played!! Should be 3rd March -- Eastwood do not have a league fixture that day, and the fixture is already on the NCEL website, albeit with the incorrect ko time...should be 7:30pm NOT 7:45pm