Boss Darran Foster says Daventry Town will not be taking Hartley Wintney lightly when they travel to play them in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, and believes his side are in for ‘one hell of a game’.
Brilliant Daventry are now just 90 minutes away from claiming a place in the first round proper of the Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
If they were to progress that far, they would go into the hat with clubs such as Wolves, Sheffield United, Coventry City and Northampton Town, and it is a mouthwatering prospect for the Communications Park club.
But Foster is looking no further than the final qualifying round, and admits he is wary of the threat posed by the Hampshire side.
Wintney play in the Combined Counties League, which is a level below Daventry.
But in the previous round Wintney saw off Clevedon, who play in the Calor League South West division, which is the same level as Town.
And Foster said: “We know how close we are to the first round proper, and this is the best incentive the players could ever wish for.
“Hartley Wintney have done superbly well to get to the same stage and have earned the right to be there.
“They will not be taken lightly, and we know we will be in for one hell of a game.”
Daventry set up the Wintney clash with a brilliant 4-0 win at Grays Athletic on Wednesday night, the match having initially been postponed on Sunday due to a waterlogged pitch.
Town were worthy winners against a side a step above them in the football pyramid, but Foster admitted they were aided by the fact the home side were reduced to 10 men midway through the first half following an elbow on defender Ollie Wilkinson.
“After a sluggish start we finally started to settle down, Tom Lorraine and Mykel Beckley both going close,” said Foster.
“The turning point was the sending off, but there could be no complaints as it was five yards from us, the lad clearly led with his elbow.
“What was most pleasing was the way we played the rest of the game, we were totally professional, retaining possession of the ball better much better than Grays.”
Daventry are quickly back in action though as they host Corby Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday afternoon (ko 3pm).
A big crowd is expected at Communications Park for a re-run of last season’s NFA Hillier Senior Cup Final, which the Steelmen won 3-1, but Foster has admitted he will be rotating his squad for the game.
“We have another very tough game against Corby on Saturday,” said the Daventry boss.
“We will be going all out to try win, but there will be changes to the team. This squad of 16 players all deserve a start.”
Quotes from interview by Jim Davis