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Dorset rivals and neighbours set to do battle in FA Cup
The Dorset rivals and neighbours were paired together in yesterday’s second qualifying round draw and will face-off at the County Ground on September 28.
Former Poole skipper Browne had a decent pedigree as a player in the FA Cup and has this season enjoyed his best run in the competition as a manager.
Browne, who helped Salisbury take Nottingham Forest to a second round replay in 2006, has guided Hammers to the second qualifying round for only the third time in their history.
Starting out in the extra preliminary round, Hammers – who have never reached the third qualifying round – have banked £6,425 in prize money after seeing off Melksham, Wimborne and Hallen.
Separated by 49 places in the non-league pyramid and with their respective grounds just 2.2 miles apart, Wessex Premier Hammers and Southern Premier Poole will do battle for a £4,500 purse.
Meanwhile, Poole put their unbeaten start on the line when they host fellow Premier Division high-fliers Bideford at Tatnam tonight (7.45pm).
The Devonians, in their second season in the top flight after winning Division One South & West in 2012, have a similar record to Poole having won five and drawn two of their first seven games. Currently second, they are one position above the Dolphins on goal difference.
Bottom-placed Bashley host leaders Hemel Hempstead Town, while Verwood Town visit Alresford Town in Wessex Premier (both 7.45pm). Bashley will host Hungerford Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.
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