Diamonds frontman Taylor eyeing another upset

AFC Rushden & Diamonds striker Alfie Taylor is eyeing up another FA Cup upset when his team go to Dover Athletic
AFC Rushden & Diamonds striker Alfie Taylor is eyeing up another FA Cup upset when his team go to Dover Athletic

Alfie Taylor insists AFC Rushden & Diamonds have another FA Cup upset in their sights as they prepare for the third qualifying round showdown at Dover Athletic tomorrow (Saturday).

Diamonds are the last remaining ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side in the competition after what has already been a memorable run in the world’s most famous club knockout competition.

But frontman Taylor believes there is even more to come.

Taylor scored twice, including a dramatic last-gasp winner, in the superb 3-2 victory over Calor League Premier Division high-fliers Cambridge City in the second qualifying round at the Dog & Duck.

And it is clear he feels a trip to the Kent coast to take on a Dover side who sit eighth in the Skrill South holds no fears for him and his team-mates, who are set to be backed by an army of travelling fans.

“We know it is the biggest game in the club’s history and we can’t wait for it,” Taylor, who has scored 11 goals in 14 appearances so far this season, said.

“We are a stronger team than last season and the run in the FA Cup has been brilliant so far. We have been the underdogs before and we caused a big upset against Cambridge City. Now we want to do it again at Dover.

“I am really looking forward to it and it will be great to see the fans making the trip. I know we will have at least 200 down there, maybe more. And with them behind us, we believe we can do it.

“From a personal point of view, the game against Cambridge is probably the most memorable for me since I started playing football.

“To score two goals including a late winner was amazing but the celebrations after it were even better.

“I texted the manager (Mark Starmer) that night to tell him the moment when I turned to see him running down the touchline to celebrate with me and the lads was one that will stay with me forever. It was an incredible day for everyone.”