Hebburn Town gear up for Gateshead FA Cup tie

Hebburn's Town amazing FA Cup journey could go from distant dream to reality if they can beat local rivals Gateshead and reach the first round on Saturday.

The Northern League Division Two side, with an average attendance of 80, are the lowest-ranked team left in the Cup.

But victory at Gateshead in the fourth qualifying round could see them draw League One opponents in the next round.

"Everyone's excited. It's the biggest game in the club's history," defender Christopher Jewels told BBC Look North.

Only four miles separate the two north east clubs.

But Blue Square Bet Premier side Gateshead are five divisions above Hebburn and lie sixth in the highest tier of English non-league football.

Jewels added: "Everyone's really up for it and I know it will be a hard challenge. Gateshead are a great club, a good team team and are doing really well at the minute.

"But we have to just go in and enjoy it - that's the only thing we can do."

"We have to stay together. It's going to be a very hard game for everybody but as long as we stay together and graft for each other, we have a chance."

Hebburn, who beat Radcliffe Borough 4-2 in the last roundexternal-link, have found it hard not to think of what could happen if they win on Saturday.

They are in 16th spot in Northern League Division Two, but have only played eight league games because of their success in the FA Cup.

And Jewels would be happy to see their league fixtures continue to back up.

He said: "Imagine playing Sheffield Wednesday away in front of 20,000 people? That's what you play football for. It would be the best day of my life if we won on Saturday.

"Words cannot say how exciting it would be if we did win but we'll have to wait and see.

"It will be extremely hard but it's the FA Cup and stranger things have happened."