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Tipton Town put finishing touches to FA Cup preparations
Tipton Town training
Tipton's players are set for the biggest game of their careers

Already it's an incredible run: eight games, 720 minutes played, 20 goals scored and nearly £30,000 in the bank.

Another win on Saturday will take the amateurs from Tipton Town to the second round of the FA Cup and further into Black Country sporting folklore.

Tipton's victory over Sheffield FC booked their place in the first round proper of the competition and a tie at League One Carlisle.

It's the first time in 62 years that Town have reached round one.

Growing in confidence

Training sessions have been continuing as normal ahead of the most important game in the club's modern history and the coaching staff have been trying to keep everyone relaxed about the tie.

"It's something we didn't expect," Assistant manager Scott Voice told BBC WM.

"Deep down you think someone's going to knock you out but we've dealt with it.

"We've come on strong and the lads have grown in confidence as the crowds have got bigger and the teams have got bigger."

Danny Campbell has led Tipton's attack in some style and scored his 22nd goal of the season in their two-nil win over Sheffield FC.

But he's not feeling that the pressure's all on him to get the goals that could make history.

"We'll all do the winning job," he said.

"Massive" financial incentive

It's not just the memories for the scrapbook that Tipton are after at Brunton Park. It's also cold, hard cash.

Tipton Town training
The club will earn 18,000 if they can beat Carlisle

With more than £29,000 already generated from their cup run so far, the club coffers could be swelled by another £18,000 - club-changing money.

"It's massive I think it's secured our future for the next six to seven years," Scott Voice added.

"We still pay for the pitches and the officials but we're all secure now."

So what are the chances of causing one of the greatest shocks in FA Cup history?

Odds are, of course, against the side from the ninth tier of English football successfully bridging the 131 places between them and Carlisle but, while there's life...

Nothing to lose

Carlisle have been sniffing around the top end of League One this season, losing just two of their eight home games so far.

"It's a long way but if it was 2000 miles we wouldn't be bothered. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to go up and have a go at them. We're going to have a good go at them and enjoy it.

"Even if we got a draw it would be amazing. I don't know where we'd play it but we'll go for it, we've got nothing to lose."

Their deeds so far have ensured they can only be winners.

Coverage of Tipton's FA Cup first round tie at Carlisle is on BBC WM 95.6FM on Saturday, 6 November 2010.

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