DAVENTRY TOWN: Boss Foster so excited by big FA Cup chance

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS - Daventry Town boss Darran Foster
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS - Daventry Town boss Darran Foster

Daventry Town boss Darran Foster admits he’s had plenty of sleepless nights ahead of the biggest game in his club’s history on Saturday.

Foster takes Town to Hartley Wintney in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup, knowing a win would put them in the first round proper.

Should they get to that stage they could face a Football League giant, with clubs from leagues one and two entering the hat.

And Foster, who steered Daventry to a stunning 4-0 win at Grays Athletic last Wednesday, is struggling to contain his excitement.

“I’ve been thinking about that (the first round stage) since we won last week,” he said. “It’s fair to say I’ve had a few sleepless nights.

“It’s something very, very big, but I’ve got to keep their feet on the ground.

“It is definitely the biggest game in the club’s history, something very special and we don’t want to slip up now.

“But we won’t be taking anything for granted because they (Hartley Wintney) have had to get through four rounds to get here and three of them have gone to replays.

“They’ve worked hard to make it this far and there’s an awful lot of pressure about but if we play our own game I’d like to think we’ll be in the draw on Sunday.”

Hartley Wintney are the lowest ranked side left in the competition, sitting 11th in the Combined Counties League Premier Division, a step below Daventry in the non-league pyramid.

Consequently, Foster’s side, who are currently top of Southern League Division One Central, are set to be favourites to claim a priceless win, but the manager is not letting the pressure get to his players.

“You’ve got to take the pressure off them,” he said. “When you let pressure creep in that’s when mistakes happen.

“We won’t attack it any differently to any other game. The lads know what they’ve got to do.”