Bury Town boss Ben Chenery believes the Blues will thrive as the underdogs against Hemel Hempstead Town in the FA Cup tomorrow (3pm).
A bumper crowd is expected at Ram Meadow when Bury host National League South play-off chasers Hemel in the second qualifying round of the world famous cup competition.
And ahead of what will be his toughest game as Blues boss yet, Chenery is excited about the challenge facing him and his players this weekend.
“(To play in) the FA Cup is a great day and it’s nice for us to be the underdog because I think we’ll thrive on that,” he said.
“We’ll look to play and we’ll give it a right go. We’ll be the ones in their faces because we are the underdogs and we’ve got nothing to lose.
“I think it’ll be a great cup tie and hopefully people will come in their numbers and we’ll get a good crowd through the gate.”
The Blues extended their unbeaten start in Ryman League Division One North to 10 games, after playing out a goalless draw with Cheshunt at Ram Meadow on Tuesday night.
Bury are now the only side yet to taste a league defeat across all three divisions of the Ryman League, and will go into tomorrow’s FA Cup tie against a team two leagues higher than them with confidence.
“It’s a massive thing to be 10 games unbeaten in the league,” Chenery said. “It’ll be a great occasion for us on Saturday as we’ve got nothing to fear and everything to gain.
“The season I had last year I was questioning myself with what I was doing.
“I enjoyed every minute last year as a learning curve, regardless of going home every week and getting beat. I had to stand by my beliefs and all credit to the players who are exceeding my expectations at the moment.
“I said at the start of the season, this season was going to be about getting the club stable, getting the fans back through the gate, get people enjoying football and get us winning some games, which we’ve done so far.”
Bury return to league action with a trip to Soham Town Rangers on Tuesday (7.45pm), unless tomorrow’s game finishes as a draw, in which case a replay would take place at Hemel Hempstead.