Form will count for nothing for Town in FA Cup match

Mark Westley Photography'Dean Greygoose Mildenhall manager. ANL-141129-211057009
Mark Westley Photography'Dean Greygoose Mildenhall manager. ANL-141129-211057009
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Mildenhall Town manager Dean Greygoose has laughed off suggestions that Saturday is a good time for his side to play Soham Town Rangers.

Despite playing in the league below their local rivals, Mildenhall start this weekend’s FA Cup preliminary round tie at Recreation Way as slight favourites.

After an opening day defeat at Ipswich Wanderers, Greygoose’s side have won three and drawn one of their last four games and are sixth in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.

While in contrast,Soham are 20th in the Ryman League Division One North table, with just one win from their first five games.

But even though Mildenhall are the form team heading into the clash tomorrow (3pm), Greygoose insists his side will be the underdogs.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” he said. “They will be the favourites being in a higher league than us, and established at that level as well.

“We’ll be the underdogs but I’m expecting us to give it a go. We’re playing a really good team so it will be interesting to see how they set themselves up against us.”

Victory for Mildenhall would see them reach the first qualifying round for the third consecutive year, and with it a trip to Wembley or North Greenford United.

Greygoose is no stranger to a run in the FA Cup, having reached the fifth round with Crewe Alexandra in 1990-91, as well as the first round with Bury Town in 2008-09.

“The FA Cup is magic,” the Mildenhall boss said. “When I was with Bury Town I saw first hand it is something which can really push a club in non-league on.”