NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Cuckoos out to shock Thurrock’s TV stars

FA Cup action involving Yaxley and Godmanchester.

FA Cup action involving Yaxley and Godmanchester.

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Yaxley manager ian benjamin is delighted that FA Cup opponents East Thurrock watched his side lose badly at Sleaford recently.

The Thurrock manager was in the crowd as Yaxley slumped to a 4-0 defeat following a wretched performance.

Benjamin hopes hot favourites Thurrock - they’ve reached the first round proper twice in the last four years and appeared in a live TV game - arrive at In2itive Park on Saturday (September 12) over-confident and complacent for a first round qualifying tie.

“We knew their manager was there at Sleaford,” Benjamin stated. “So I think we played really badly on purpose!

“He couldn’t have left with a very favourable impression of us, but he didn’t see a real Yaxley performance so hopefully we can surprise them. We could have a couple of our better players back on Saturday.

“They will be favourites though as they play a couple of leagues higher than us, but I watched them play a game on Bank Holiday Monday and we have a chance.

“They are a very hard-working side and I suspect they will enjoy playing on our 4G pitch, but if we match their workrate we are capable of pulling off a shock result as long as we improve on our defensive displays of the last two games. We have let in some horrible goals.”

Since hitting the top of the table after thrashing Wisbech, Yaxley have lost heavily at Sleaford and 4-3 at home to United Counties Premier Division leaders Kirby Muxloe.

Star midfielders Scott Carter and Jon Stead could return on Saturday after recovering from hamstring injuries.

Evo Stik Division One North side Spalding are confident they can topple Premier Division Nantwich in their FA Cup tie at the Sir Halley Stewart Field.

Spalding are in fine fettle after coming from behind to beat Belper 2-1 in a league match on Tuesday thanks to goals from Josh Moreman and Charley Sanders.

Stamford have a tough tie at Southern Premier Division side Leamington.