BEWDLEY Town are keeping their fingers crossed they obtain entry into this season's FA Cup competition.

The Ribbesford Meadow side just missed out on qualification last season after finishing seventh in the West Midlands League Premier Division - but this time they went one place better.

Bewdley spokesman Steve Godfrey said: "Getting into the FA Cup is massive for clubs at our level because there is prize money at stake whether you win or lose.

"A few years ago we played Stourbridge at home in the FA Cup and we attracted a huge crowd."

Following reorganisation at Step 6 level, Bewdley find themselves in an 18 strong West Midlands League Premier Division this term where they will face promoted side Darlaston Town and Worcester Raiders along with Littleton, who have switched from the Midland League, while Wolves Sporting Community return after being relegated from the Midland Premier.

As a result, Bewdley will find themselves playing a reduced 34 games and will consequently look to enter more cup competitions.

They have also arranged a string of pre-season friendlies, kicking off with a home fixture against Worcester City on Saturday, July 6.

Other home fixtures include Kidderminster Harriers on July 9, Tividale on July 13, Lye Town on July 16, AFC Wulfrunians on July 20 and Stourport Swifts on July 30.