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FOOTBALL: Knitters so close to big FA Cup draw.

MANCHESTER United versus Hinckley United or Brentford came out of the hat in the dress rehearsal for the third round FA Cup draw yesterday but in the one that mattered it's Luton Town away for Dean Thomas' men if they can win next Tuesday's replay at Griffin Park.

Following yesterday's 0-0 draw at Middlefield Lane, the Knitters and the Bees must meet again and though Luton away is not the worst draw in the world, Manchester United would have been a magical incentive.

Thomas said: "That would have been special but it's Luton and that's only if we can do the business at Brentford."

"Before yesterday's tie I would have take a draw - but maybe we were good value for a win although I think they were more pleased than us," he continued.

"It was a magnificent effort. The spirit carried us through. We showed desire and commitment and that is what is expected in the FA Cup. Financially the draw is good for the club. I am enjoying the ride and so are the players, who will get a share of the money.

"We have come miles in seven and a half years and are still heading in the right direction but our attention now turns to the league and Nuneaton tomorrow night which is a massive game."

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CUP FEVER: Young Hinckley United fans get in the mood at Middlefield Lane yesterday. Picture: JIM TOMLINSON
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 6, 2004
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