Brett Solkhon believes Kettering Town are capable of making it all the way to the first round proper of the FA Cup this season.
Having dispatched of Cogenhoe United in the preliminary round two weeks ago, the Poppies head to Southern League Division One Central rivals Aylesbury in the first qualifying round tomorrow (Saturday).
Solkhon knows all about FA Cup glory from his previous spell with the Poppies after scoring memorable goals against Notts County during the famous run to the fourth round in the 2008-09 campaign.
And he is sure the current crop are good enough to go on a big run themselves.
But the experienced midfielder is taking nothing for granted this weekend as Kettering take on an Aylesbury team who were 8-1 winners over Leighton Town in their league clash in midweek.
“Our aim is to go far in the FA Cup and see if we can get to the first round proper,” Solkhon said.
“With the team we have got, I think it is possible for us to do that. We won’t take Aylesbury lightly because you just never know with the FA Cup.
“I have been in games for Kettering in the past when we were the underdogs but we pulled off some big upsets.
“We have to make sure we go with the right attitude and try to get through to the next round.
There was a landmark moment for Solkhon at Latimer Park on Tuesday as he hit his first career hat-trick in the 5-0 thrashing of St Ives Town, which saw the Poppies maintain their fine start to the season and top spot in Division One Central.
But there were a few nervous moments for Solkhon and his team-mates when the game was delayed for 25 minutes due to a floodlight failure with the 5-0 scoreline already on the board.
However, the power was restored, much to the Poppies legend’s relief.
“It was nearly not so with the lights going out but it’s nice to have scored a hat-trick,” he added.
“I have gone close before, twice at Kettering when I have scored two goals in a first half but I was never able to go on and complete a hat-trick.
“It was a great relief to get that tap-in for the third on Tuesday but I was scared when those lights went out!”