Mark Morsley has hailed the upcoming FA Cup tie against Cambridge United as the biggest of his career and just rewards for the club.
After overcoming rivals AFC Sudbury 2-1 in the third qualifying round on Saturday courtesy of goals from Luke Ingram and Ian Westalke, Needham Market can now turn their attentions to a potential professional scalp after being handed the glamour tie visit of the Skrill Conference Premier Division leaders as they head into the fourth qualifying round for the first time.
And for Morsley, whose side drew 1-1 with Aveley on Monday courtesy of a Sam Newson leveller, the momentous occasion has not lost significance on the manager as he aims to create a day to remember.
“If I could have chosen the tie myself then Cambridge United at home would have been the one I picked,” he said.
“I wanted a good test in the next round and this is just about as good as it gets.
“It is just rewards for us and it will be a great day for everyone at the club.
“It will certainly be my biggest game of my career by a long way.
“I remember narrowly losing 3-2 to Dartford with Leiston in a replay at the same stage, but this will be bigger than that.
“There should easily be more than 1,000 people crammed into the stadium and, you never know, we might just cause an upset.”
Although the day will represent a significant moment in his managerial career, Morsley — who has two tough trips on the road with Ryman League Division One North encounters at Redbridge tomorrow (3pm) and Waltham Forest on Wednesday (7.45pm) to contend with before the big cup showdown — took the opportunity to dedicate what will be a memorable occasion to all the people connected with the football club.
“For me the FA Cup is really all about the supporters,” he added.
“It is still the greatest cup competition there is and I can’t think of any fan who doesn’t love the FA Cup because it still stands proud as a special competition.
“On Saturday we had two fans cutting the grass for us at seven o’clock and to me that is what this competition is all about.
“A tie like this is all for the club and the people connected to it.
“It will be a reward for all those key people who may not get the recognition they deserve.”