The pressure will be on Stockport, says Corby skipper Mulligan

Corby Town captain Gary Mulligan (left) and his team-mates will be hoping to pull off an FA Cup upset at Stockport County this weekend
Corby Town captain Gary Mulligan (left) and his team-mates will be hoping to pull off an FA Cup upset at Stockport County this weekend

Gary Mulligan insists all the pressure will be on Stockport County when Corby Town head to Edgeley Park this weekend.

The in-form Steelmen are hoping to cause an upset in the third qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup as they travel to the north-west to take on a Stockport team who currently sit in 10th place in the Vanarama National League North.

Corby have enjoyed a superb start to the new campaign and are unbeaten in the Evo-Stik League South Division One Central while they have made good progress in the FA Cup.

And they also claimed a fine 3-1 success at fellow high-flyers Bromsgrove Sporting in the extra preliminary round of the Buildbase FA Trophy last weekend.

Now they are looking forward to stepping out in front of a big crowd this Saturday.

And captain Mulligan is simply hoping that he and his team-mates can replicate their recent form.

“I think the players, coaching staff and fans are all looking forward to it,” he said.

“All the pressure will be on Stockport. They are the team who are two leagues higher and we will go there and enjoy it and try to play the way we know we can.

“We have had a good start to the season, we are playing well and if can reproduce that sort of form on Saturday then you never know what could happen.”

In the wake of Corby’s win at Bromsgrove, who are also unbeaten in the league, opposing manager Brendan Kelly described the Steelmen as ‘the favourites in our division’.

And that’s a tag Mulligan is perfectly comfortable with his team having, especially after putting one over one of their rivals in knockout competition.

“It was a good game and it was played in a big atmosphere as well, which made it even better,” the Corby skipper added.

“It was another good performance against a team who have started well like us.

“But I thought it was interesting to hear their manager call us the favourites for the league.

“And, after the way we played last week and the way we have started, I think we probably are.

“Hopefully we can continue what we have started and, given that we have a fairly young squad, I can only see us getting better as we go along.”