Stowmarket Town manager Rick Andrews says his side have ‘nothing to lose’ as they attempt to cause an upset in the FA Vase this weekend.
The Old Gold and Blacks host Hertford Town in the second qualifying round tomorrow (3pm), looking to reach the first round proper of the national competition for the first time in 12 years.
However Andrews’ side have been handed a tricky draw against Hertford, who play a level higher than Stow and currently sit second in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division.
“It’s a big ask against a team who play in a league above us,” admitted Andrews, who guided Stow up to sixth in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division with Saturday’s hard-fought 2-0 win over King’s Lynn Town Reserves.
“We expect a tough game but we’ve got home advantage and have got nothing to lose.
“If we are to get something out of it we will have to work as hard as them, if not harder. If we get opportunities we must take them and keep the same levels of concentration as we did on Saturday.”
Mical Moore announced his return to Greens Meadow by playing a part in both of Stow’s goals at the weekend, and Andrews is hopeful the midfielder can play a big part in the aspirations he has for his side this season.
“Mical’s an honest lad who fitted straight into the group,” the Stowmarket boss said. “He gives us energy and maybe doesn’t get the recognition for the work he does.
“He wins battles on the pitch and it rubs off on the rest of the players to do the same.”
Captain Nathan Birch and Ashley Holmes both missed the game against King’s Lynn, and are expected to still be unavailable tomorrow and for the local derby at Debenham LC on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
Under-18s duo Callum Minns and Ryan Rampley could receive call-ups to the squad, while former striker Paris Tuwizana who returned to the club last week, is pushing for a recall after having a run-out with the Reserves.
n Mildenhall Town are also in FA Vase action when they host St Neots Town Saints at Recreation Way tomorrow (3pm).
Dean Greygoose saw his side’s run in the FA Cup come to an end at the weekend following a narrow 1-0 defeat at higher league Hanwell Town, but the Mildenhall boss has urged his players to take confidence from the defeat.
“The FA Cup run has been exciting,” he said. “It was disappointing to not quite make it through to the next round as we more than held our own.
“We’re playing some great stuff and are very close to giving someone a real hiding. I expect St Neots to be quite a young side, but we won’t be taking anything for granted.”
Mildenhall have bolstered their striking options with the signing of Bury Town striker David Lampshire on a dual-registration, while Joe Allen has been called up into the squad from the Under-21s.
Callum Kearns (hamstring) and the recently returning Ozie Foster (Achilles) are both injury doubts and are likely to miss out.