The prize for the winners of Tuesday night’s replay is known and it’s League Two opposition Grimsby Town who await whichever side emerges victorious at Arbour Park. The Fleet will want to make it three appearances on the bounce in Round One but Slough have already shown they’re in no mood to let lower-division status affect their ambitions.
The Fleet fought back from behind twice against the Rebels on Saturday and speaking to BBC Radio Kent, Dennis Kutrieb thought his side “had enough chances to win the game” but added “we still have a chance for the next round and we’ll aim to do that again on Tuesday.”
The last time the Fleet played in a fourth qualifying round replay was in 2019 when Woking’s last-gasp penalty at Stonebridge Road forced the tie back to Kingfield. There, a solitary Alex Reid goal took the Fleet into a First Round tie hosting Notts County. Previous replays at this stage in the 21st century have seen us beat East Thurrock United (2017), Woking again (2008), Exeter City on penalties (2003) but lose to Dartford (2013) and Margate (2002).
Slough have fought a successful replay already this season, Johnny Goddard on target twice in a 3-0 win over Salisbury in the previous round. Their last Fourth Qualifying Round replay, however, was 11 years ago in a win over Gosport Borough.
Should the tie be level at full-time, extra-time will be played and if the sides can still not be separated, the match will go to a penalty shootout.
To purchase a ticket for the Emirates FA Cup replay click https://ticketpass.org/event/EPAMKW/slough-town-v-ebbsfleet-united-emirates-fa-cup for more information.
A supporters coach will be available, departing at 17:15 – contact Tracy Down on 07764 731633 or John Burgess on 07951 610878.
If Fleet fans are unable to travel to Arbour Park, there is football still to be played at the Kuflink Stadium as Ebbsfleet United Women face Dartford under the lights.