An FA Cup run these days for Wivenhoe Town is as rare as Hen’s Teeth. Our record in the country’s premier cup competition in recent years can politely be described as ‘not very good’. The last noteworthy effort was back in 2004-2005 when we won away from home on three occasions (at Ilford, Haverhill Rovers & Arlesey Town), only to be presented with another away tie at Conference South side Hayes. It was the first time the two sides had met in over 10 years, when we were both in the Premier Division of the Isthmian League. Despite putting up a gallant fight on the day, the home side’s greater speed of thought and movement off the ball was the difference between the two teams, as they ran out 2-0 winners in front of a crowd of 248. Steve Pitt’s squad that day featured the likes of Ollie Sanders, Nicky Haydon, Paul Abrahams, Ray Turner, Stafford Browne, Michael Brothers, Jack Wignall and David Gregory. A good number of Dragons fans made the trip to the Middlesex club’s Church Road ground that day to support the side and despite making themselves heard throughout the ninety minutes it wasn’t enough to help overcome our hosts, or get over the shock of having to pay £2.00 for a programme!