Rob Smith, manager of Skrill North club Hednesford Town, has stressed in no uncertain terms that his Pitmen side, on…..
….an absolute roll on all fronts this season, will ensure they do not take Ebac Northern League First Division outfit West Auckland Town lightly in their FA Cup Third Qualifying Round tie at Keys Park on Saturday.
Hednesford, currently sitting top on goal difference, face a team from two divisions below as they look to progress into the next round where a Conference Premier giant could be lying in wait.
“From the outside we may be big favourites but we are not really looking at it like that,” Smith said. “West Auckland are unbeaten in what is a very strong league indeed, in my opinion it is not the equal of the same levels in the Midlands, it is a much higher standard, so we will not be fooled into believing we are massive favourites.”
Smith’s fifteen-goal leading scorer Elliott Durrell, who won the coveted FA Cup player of the round award for his superb performance against former club AFC Telford United in the previous round, will be buoyed by the recognition coming his way but this game undoubtedly stands out as the classic ‘banana skin’ tie and the Hednesford manager is under no illusions that the game represents another tough test.
“To me they are not a lesser side, they have players well capable of playing in our league. They will come to us pressure free and full of confidence so will prove very difficult to beat.
“The FA Cup is of the utmost importance to the club. We have a strong squad with all players able to come in at any time. We will pick our strongest team available and will need it to progress.”