FA Cup fever has gripped Hartley Wintney ahead of the key match against Daventry Town
FA Cup fever is gripping Hartley Wintney as the village football club prepares for the biggest game in its 116-year history.
The team is just one game away from the first round proper of the FA Cup and victory over Daventry Town at home on Saturday October 26 will give them a great chance of facing Football League opposition.
The club has already played eight games on their fairy tale FA Cup journey with their latest victory, courtesy of a last-gasp 96th minute goal , earning them a much-needed £12,500.
"It will be a huge game for the club," said Ben Dillon, who manages the Combined Counties League Premier Division outfit.
"With the form we are in who knows, maybe we can pull off another shock."
The village has a population of just under 4,980 but the support for the football club has been massive.
Among those cheering on the team are staff from The Indulgent Baker.
The High Street shop has put up special good luck posters and is selling special club colour cup cakes to celebrate its record-breaking run.
"The cakes are in a black case with orange frosting and a football ring decoration on top," said shop manager Helen Holmes, who has lived in the village for 10 years.
"We've already sold quite a few and we'll be giving away 200 of them to children attending the game.
"I'll be working on the day manning the tills and preparing sandwiches for the dignitaries at the game, otherwise I would be there.
"But my husband Terry, who was born in the village, is going."
Mrs Holmes said the village is reaching fever-pitch as the club prepares for the biggest game in its history.
"It's a special game and people seem to be very excited about it and looking forward to it," she added.
Club boss Dillon added: "It's fantastic to create history, and financially to us village sides it's superb and helps put us on the map."