SLOUGH Town have been handed a dream draw in the FA Cup second round at home to League One club Rochdale this December.

The Rebels stunned Gainsborough Trinity 6-0 to reach round two of the competition for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

Slough welcomed BBC cameras to Arbour Park when a large crowd of supporters joined the players and management team in anticipation of the draw.

A huge cheer went up around the stadium when ball number 34, assigned to The Rebels, came out for a home tie, and again when it was announced that Rochdale would be the visitors.

The match will be played sometime between December 1-4 and, according to Mark Chapman of the BBC, has a ‘good chance’ of live television coverage.

Speaking to the Observer moments after the draw was made, Slough joint-boss Neil Baker said “I’m delighted. After going to Gainsborough we just wanted a home draw and preferably against a Football League side and we’ve got that.

“It’s a tremendous fixture for the club and I can’t wait.

“To be honest, I would be shocked if it wasn’t picked up for TV coverage.

“I would expect we would be picked being one of the lowest ranked sides left in the competition.

“Hopefully we can get on TV and who knows what will happen from there.

“It’s a massive draw and you’re pretty much going to guarantee a full house here.

“I would expect we will probably see some big crowds before that game as well and it’s a dream for us, it couldn’t have gone better to be honest.”

He continued: “It has been a bit of a whirlwind 48 hours and Monday was great, having the TV cameras down here is beyond our wildest imagination.

“We will look forward to what is coming up now in the next few weeks “We’ve got important games to come and the focus will not be taken away from the league. That’s the most important thing so we will park this a little bit and enjoy what is to come.”

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