CRAIG Parker will be looking to the FA Cup gods for some more magic when his Chelmsford City side take on npower League Two outfit Macclesfield Town in the second round at Melbourne Stadium tomorrow (3pm).
The Bury St Edmunds-based midfielder knows he’s just 90 minutes from a potential dream third round clash with the likes of Manchester United or Chelsea.
Parker, formerly of Bury Town, moved from Needham Market to Blue Square Bet South outfit Chelmsford in the summer and scored his first goal within minutes of coming off the bench of their first round tie with AFC Telford United in round one.
“Everyone at the club is looking forward to the game with Macclesfield — it’s massive for us,” said the 25-year-old. “It’s a good opportunity for us against Football League opposition and we are quite confident we can give them a good game. Hopefully I will be involved at some point so I can pit my wits against that standard of opposition for the first time.
“We played incredibly well against Telford in the last round and, if we can reproduce that, we have a chance.”
After signing from the Marketmen in the summer, following a stunning 42-goal season for him at Ryman One North standard, Parker was unfortunate to break his foot in pre-season.
However, since his return he has scored three times in six games, and made a huge contribution from the bench against Telford when netting and then winning a penalty against the Blue Square Bet Premier team.
“The injury has knocked me back a little bit, but I’ve worked ever so hard with the physios to get back and hopefully I’m getting back to the fitness I had in pre-season,” said Parker. “If I get the chance to play against Macclesfield it would continue my good start here.”
Chelmsford are now targeting a scalp from a league higher when the Silkmen — currently 14th in League Two — visit Essex tomorrow, with the hope of facing one of the Barclay Premier League’s top teams in the third round.
“That’s what everyone dreams of,” added Parker, who has started City’s past five matches. “We knew in the last round if we could beat Telford we would only be 90 minutes away from the third round, and that’s where we are now.
“To get through and draw the likes of Chelsea or Man United away would be what everyone dreams about.”