Lowestoft believe they can cause FA Cup upset
Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman believes his side can spring a major FA Cup shock this afternoon. The Blues host Boston United of the Unibond Premier Division - from a level above -with a four figure crowd expected at Crown Meadow.
Lowestoft Town joint boss Micky Chapman believes his side can spring a major FA Cup shock this afternoon.
The Blues host Boston United of the Unibond Premier Division - from a level above -with a four figure crowd expected at Crown Meadow.
And Chapman, who has seen his side rise to the top of the Ryman League Division One North table with some fantastic football in their inaugural campaign in the league, says all the ingredients are in place for a cup upset.
His team are going great guns and Chapman says although the Trawler Boys are underdogs this afternoon, there's no reason why Town cannot produce the goods.
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“They're the favourites, they're from a higher level and they've got good support like us,” said Chapman of the Pilgrims, who were playing in League Two only a few seasons ago.
“By all accounts they're going to bring around 300 fans with them and with our support as well it should be a huge crowd which will be fitting for the FA Cup.
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“We're really looking forward to it. It's a great opportunity to see how far we've come and test ourselves against opposition from a higher level.”
But Chapman is confident his men, who have only lost one league game this campaign have the quality to beat their more illustrious opponents.
“They're a quality side but we know what we've got in our camp and we've got quality players at Lowestoft,” he said.
“What we'll always do is focus on ourselves as well because we know we've got quality in our camp that can hurt them on the day. It's the same in any game.
“The pressure's on them because they're from a higher level.
“The fans are awesome at our place so there should be a cracking atmosphere and they can make a big, big difference to us. Also in any cup game you've got to have the quality but you also need a bit of Lady Luck on the day.
“If you couple that with hard work, then you've always got a chance. We've got all the ingredients we need but we've got to make it happen and we've got to produce.”
The Blues do have a few injury decisions ahead of kick-off. Long-term absentees Jack Marsden and Bradley Hough are definitely out, while Chapman and joint boss Ady Gallagher will make late decisions on Jamie Godbold, Scott Mitchell, Richard Woodrow and Dale Cockrill who are all carrying knocks.
Elsewhere in the second qualifying round a Mildenhall side managed by ex-Canary Simon Charlton travel to Ilkeston Town, who have one-time Ipswich star Kevin Wilson in charge.
Meanwhile Bury Town, who beat King's Lynn in the previous round, go to Matlock.