Mark Morsley is relishing the test of facing higher league opposition Cambridge City as Needham Market’s FA Cup journey continues tomorrow.
The Marketmen head to The Bridge Road Stadium to take on the Southern League Premier Division outfit looking to scoop the £3,000 windfall on offer and progression through to the second qualifying round.
And having enjoyed a memorable run last season, which culminated in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Cambridge United in the fourth qualifying round, Morsley is keen for his side to once again test their credentials against tough opposition.
“What I’m looking forward to most is to see how my team compete and if they are brave enough to try and play,” he said. “I certainly don’t intend to go there to park the bus and pray so it will be interesting to see if my players can handle the challenge.
“In a many ways it is an unfamiliar change of roles for us where we will be the underdogs and the lads will need to stand up and be counted.
“We are not expected to win and in some respects that takes the pressure off of us a little.
“As well as the prestige the other incentive is the financial gain and if we can get a result it can help massively to a club like us.”
Needham, who also face a trip to Soham Town Rangers on Tuesday (7.45pm) head into tomorrow’s encounter in good spirits having claimed back-to-back victories following up a 3-2 win at Thamesmead Town on Saturday with a 1-0 success over Barkingside on Monday.
“They were both difficult games and that is a great credit to the squad, I’m delighted with them,” added Morsley. “They showed amazing resilience and that is hugely important going forward.”