Paul Malone knows Corby Town will have to earn it if they are to get into the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The centre-half took over the captaincy and scored in last weekend’s impressive 2-1 win over Chesham United in the Calor League Premier Division.
But, despite gaining a fifth successive victory at Steel Park, Malone knows Corby can’t take anything for granted as they prepare for a tricky-looking second qualifying round trip to Mickleover Sports tomorrow.
Mickleover are in decent form themselves and sit in third in the Evo-Stik Northern League Division One South.
And Malone said: “For an outsider looking in, they will say that we are the favourites to go win the game.
“But they are through to this round for a reason and I know they have won one of their matches in the FA Cup this season by a heavy scoreline.
“I am sure our two managers (Andrew Wilson and Tommy Wright) will be hammering it into us that we can’t take it lightly.
“It is the FA Cup and it is so much easier to be the underdogs, we have seen that for ourselves at Steel Park in past.
“We should be the better footballing side but we have to show the right respect and go there and earn our place in the next round.”