The buzz builds as Tudors gear up for huge FA Cup clash

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Hemel Hempstead Town are hoping to make it through to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round for the first time in their history when they take on Dulwich Hamlet at Vauxhall Road tomorrow afternoon.

The Tudors are expecting a bumper crowd for the clash, with around 1,000 spectators likely to flood in to Vauxhall Round for the eagerly-anticipated showdown.

The game – which is also the 200th FA Cup tie in the Tudors’ history – is already on a par with the furthest Hemel have ever reached in the competition, after third qualifying round forays in 1962/63, 1963/64, 1964/65, 1965/66, 1966/67, 2002/03 and 2006/07.

There is bound to be a buzz around Vauxhall Road, with the Tudors on a high following a tremendous start to the season.

Dean Brennan’s men currently sit at the top of the Calor League Southern Premier Division, five points clear of their nearest challengers and boasting an impressive goal difference of +32 after just 11 games.

The Tudors’ great run of form continued on Tuesday night as they cruised to a 3-0 victory over Arlesey – their first win against the Blues in nine years.

That victory made it 13 games unbeaten in all competitions and 10 straight league wins for Hemel, who are now just two league wins away from equalling their best record of 12 consecutive wins, set in the club’s successful 1999/2000 season.

Dulwich Hamlet, meanwhile, have the best home league form in the Isthmian League Premier Division. Away from home they’ve won 50 per cent of their league games.

Although Hamlet have not failed to score at home, they have finished one third of away games goalless.

However, they have also kept clean sheets in half of their games on the road and 0-0 is their most common score for away games so far this season.

Hemel and Dulwich have only ever met in the FA Cup; although both clubs were in the Isthmian League for many years they never shared the same division. The first meeting between the two clubs was in the FA Cup first qualifying round in 1976 – they drew at Dulwich but Hemel were beaten in the replay.

It was the same story six years later as Dulwich visited Vauxhall Road again, this time in the second qualifying round, and Dulwich won by the same 2-1 scoreline.

Saturday’s game kicks-off at 3pm, and for further information please visit www.hemelfc.com