Waders boss Chris Nunn has urged his players to make more history as they hit the FA Cup trail on Saturday.
Biggleswade Town go to Wealdstone in the Second Round Qualifying – and although their hosts play a level higher in National League South, Nunn said he was quietly confident of creating an upset.
This week the squad was boosted with the signing of striker Chris Marsh from Dunstable who should be available for Saturday’s tie.
The manager is keen for his side to repeat their feat of two seasons ago when they went all the way to the FA Cup First Round.
He said: “It’s a brilliant competition. Most of the squad weren’t here two years ago so they can create their own history and get the club into the first round again.
“Wealdstone are a very good side and we will give them respect, but we are going to give them a game and it’s a winnable tie. The draw could have been kinder to us but I’m quietly confident.
“They are used to playing in front of crowds of 600 or 700. That can be an advantage when you’re winning so our first job is to quieten the crowd. We’ve been training well this week, we will have a game plan, and I can tell you at 5pm on Saturday whether it’s worked!”
In the last round the Waders had to avoid a potential banana skin at Brantham and Nunn said: “There will always be bigger teams going out to smaller teams. Last round we were trying to avoid being one of those - now it is our turn to create an upset.”
Chris Marsh arrived at the Carlsberg Stadium from Dunstable this week. A delighted Nunn said “He’s a good Level 3 player, and I’ve tried to sign him on three occasions. He will be available for Saturday, but he’s had a slight ankle injury so he may not start.”
He also confirmed Jay Davies has left the club, moving to Needham Market: He described him as a hugely talented player: “He had so much ability. But it never quite worked out for him here so it was time for him to move on.”
Wealdstone, under the guidance of long-serving manager Gordon Bartlett, knocked Biggleswade out of the FA Cup three years ago. However it’s been a stuttering start to this campaign with one win in ten league matches.
Kick off at Grosvenor Vale in Ruislip is at 3pm - entry on Saturday is £12.