Reading City manager Simon Johnson insists his side will not be underestimating Woodley United when the two Rivermoor based clubs clash in the Buildbase FA Vase on Saturday (3pm ko). Writes Dave Wright
They are the overwhelming favourites to win this second qualifying round tie, with City riding high at the top of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division table following their 2-1 home win over Fairford Town last Tuesday while United are languishing second from bottom of Division One East.
But as Johnson points out: "Games are not won on paper. We saw that Saturday when we were expected to beat Shrivenham, but lost."
He added: "It is a big occasion for them (Woodley) and I am sure they will be up for it and raise their game. It should be a really good game in front of what should be a big crowd."
City, who will be occupying the away dressing room on this occasion, will again be missing influential skipper Alfie Grant as he still recovering from the ankle injury he sustained when landing awkwardly in the game against Lydney last month.
Striker Mo Davies also remains on the sidelines through injury.
Woodley team boss Jamie Williams accepts his side face a daunting task on Saturday, saying: "They are on a different level to us at the moment and my players are going to need to raise their game by a few per cent. But they certainly appear up for it as all the boys are wanting to play. They are all saying they are fit, but I will need to check at training on Thursday if any of them are carrying knocks."
Williams continued: "It is a big occasion and I would think there will be around 200 people in the ground, so the atmosphere will be good."
The winners on Saturday will earn £725 from the FA Prize Fund plus a ticket to the first round proper on Saturday, October 31.