The Ryman Football League
Published 13th September 2012
.....desire that was lacking in their limp FA Cup exit when they travel to Faversham Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday.
The Yellows went down to a 4-1 defeat at league rivals Heybridge Swifts in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round last Saturday in what Tracey described as the worst performance since being promoted to manager in October last year.
The Sudbury chief apologised to supporters following the game and expects far more as they look to redeem themselves at the Kent side, who play in Ryman Division One South, in the Preliminary Round of the Trophy.
“I used the word desire at half-time and if you do not show desire you are not successful,” he said. “In the last few years we have done well in one or the other competition and hopefully we can now kick on and do well in the FA Trophy.
“Faversham can be a match for anyone on their day – they drew with Margate who are going for it in the Ryman Premier.
“On paper we are more than good enough to beat them but on paper does not count and it goes back to how much the guys want it – I am looking for a big response.”
Tracey hastily arranged a home friendly with Thurlow Nunn Premier Division outfit Stanway Rovers on Tuesday to give match time to players who are yet to feature, such as Bradley Thomas and Lauris Coggin, and those who have played bit-part roles.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw with Danny Charge levelling Stanway’s second half opener, with Tracey happy it was a worthwhile exercise.