Fairford Town manager Jody Bevan is preparing for the unknown as his side kick off their FA Cup quest tomorrow with an extra-preliminary qualifying round against Enfield 1893.Writes Jonny Leighfield in the Swindon Advertiser
Bevan admits to knowing very little about his side’s Essex Senior League opponents ahead of welcoming their step-nine peers to Cinder Lane for what the Fairford manager hopes will be a lengthy run in this year’s FA Cup.
Fairford have started their uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division campaign with two wins from two, while Enfield were beaten heavily on the opening day last Saturday before notching their first victory of the campaign against Stansted on Wednesday.
Bevan hopes Town’s imperious start in the league will help them navigate a tricky opening tie and beyond as they aim to go deep into the qualifying rounds of the world’s oldest cup competition.
He said: “Every non-league club, certainly at our level, desperately hopes for a bit of a run in the FA Cup. If you can win, then you get a bit of prize money and we’re no different.We go into the game full of confidence, but we really don’t know what to expect from Enfield. They’re not a team that we know a huge amount about. I know they lost quite heavily at the weekend and they won in midweek, so we’re going to try and get some reports on them. But really, confidence is high in our camp and we’ll go into the game just trying to carry on doing all the good things we’ve been doing so far this season.”
With scorelines of 3-0 and 3-1 under their belt so far this season, Bevan knows goalscoring won’t be a problem for his side as his attackers enter the match in confident mood
Bevan said: “We did a lot of work at the beginning of pre-season regarding transitions, so when we lose the ball, we’re trying to get it back as quickly as possible or if we can’t get the ball back, get in our shape and remain compact. In our first few pre-season friendlies, I felt we did that really well, but in the second half of pre-season, I felt we lost our focus a bit. So it’s been really good to see that focus return since we entered the league campaign. Defensively we’ve been very, very tight so far, so if that continues on Saturday we should be alright.”