Stourbridge could not have wished for a longer distance trek in the last 64 of the FA Vase next week. But their 470-mile round trip to Newcastle Benfield Plastics will mean they have the rare luxury of an overnight stay.
Since the third round tie on Tyneside would mean a minimum four-and-a-half hour journey, Football Association rules allow the visitors to claim for expenses to travel the day before.
Now the Glassboys, who reached the quarter-finals last season, will make an early trek north for the December 10 encounter with the Northern League side.
Stourbridge manager Gary Hackett said: "We have had the situation clarified and we will get the costs reimbursed but even if we had to pay ourselves, the club were prepared to do that. There's no way you can have players getting up at 6.30 in the morning to travel for five or six hours on a coach and then expect them to play a good game of football." n Studley's disappointment at losing suspended striker Shane Benjamin has been eased with the likely return of Kevin Jones.
Jones, a regular up-front last season when the Bees reached the Worcestershire Senior Cup final, has concentrated on his other passion, surfing, this season.
But he has contacted manager Kevin Rowlands to say he wants to resume and he could feature in the squad for tonight's much-delayed Birmingham Senior Cup-tie at Hednesford Town.
Benjamin is ruled out through a week's ban which also means he is absent for Saturday's Harvey World Travel Midland Alliance clash with his old club Romulus, but fellow forward Warren Givens is expected to be fit, despite suffering a gashed head on Saturday.
Tonight's game, which has already been postponed twice, is subject to a midafternoon pitch inspection. n Former Tamworth, Halesowen Town and Sutton Coldfield Town front-runner Paul Hunter is set to join Romulus' push for honours.
Hunter has left Midland Alliance rivals Stratford Town and Romulus manager Richard Evans is keen to add the evergreen forward to his squad. Talks are planned this week and Hunter could be available for Saturday's fixture at Studley.
Sutton-based Romulus, who bowed out of the Birmingham Senior Cup on Monday at Conference side Burton Albion, also have top scorers Tyrone Fagan and Matty Robinson back after suspension.