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Ebbsfleet boss relishing FA Cup derby

PUBLISHED: 16:03 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:05 17 October 2013

Ebbsfleet manager Steve Brown

Ebbsfleet manager Steve Brown

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Ebbsfleet boss Steve Brown is relishing the FA Cup clash with local rivals Dartford later this month - but he’s not sure opposite number Tony Burman will be feeling the same.

Conference South Fleet take on their higher division opponents at Stonebridge Road on Saturday, October 26 and Brown can’t wait.

He said: “When Dartford get pulled out of the hat, you think what are the odds, they must be pretty slim? It’s a mouth-watering tie.

“From our perspective, being at home, and from the league below it’s a great tie.

“Maybe not so much from Tony Burman’s perspective. But it’s great for the media and supporters and I think there’ll be a huge crowd.”

The incentive for the winner of the fourth qualifying round tie is a potential tie in the first round proper with the likes of Sheffield United, Coventry City or Wolves. Not to mention a crucial cash injection of £12,500.

Burman said: “It’s great for supporters and for local rivalry. In the FA Cup it’s all about what happens on the day and it doesn’t come bigger than this at this stage for the two clubs.”

It will be the 11th FA Cup meeting between the sides, with Fleet having won five, and Dartford three, the last being a 2-0 win for Ebbsfleet in 2001.

The last meeting at Stonebridge Road was a 2-2 draw in the Conference Premier on New Year’s Day this year - Ebbsfleet were relegated at the end of last season.

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