Chris Bradshaw is hoping Desborough Town can carry on with an FA Cup journey when they take on London Colney in the preliminary round at the Waterworks Field tomorrow (Saturday).
Ar Tarn have enjoyed an impressive start to the new season as their extra preliminary round success at Tring Athletic has been followed by wins from their first three ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division matches.
The latest success came on Tuesday night when a Leo Adams goal was enough to complete a 1-0 home victory over last season’s runners-up Leicester Nirvana.
But Bradshaw knows his team will have their work cut out this weekend as they entertain a London Colney side who have won three out of three in the Spartan South Midland League Premier Division so far this season.
So can Ar Tarn relax and enjoy the occasion away from the pressures of the league?
Bradshaw said: “We will enjoy it if we win!
“It’s going to be a tough game, we know that. I would say they are coming here as favourites. They were runners-up last season and they are unbeaten in this one.
“But we will try to make it hard for them and try to continue this good start we have had.
“It’s a big game for the club as well. We desperately wanted to get through against Tring and now we want to do it again.
“There is a good amount of money on the line and anything extra you can get for the club will always be useful.
“The FA Cup is a journey and we want to keep it going.”
Bradshaw, meanwhile, has been delighted with his team’s overall start to the season and he was particularly impressed in midweek as Desborough bounced back from a 3-1 defeat at Yaxley last weekend.
“I was a bit disappointed with last Saturday because we had too many players below their level,” he added.
“But I said to them before the game on Tuesday that a win would make it a good start while a defeat would have hidden the good work we have been doing.
“So it was a massive win for us and if someone had given me winning our first FA Cup game and then picking up two wins out of three matches in the league before the season had started I would have taken it.
“We still have a couple of players missing but the ones who are in there are doing well and there is competition for places.”