Yaxley manager Ian Benjamin is confident his side can match last season’s club record run in the FA Vase.
The Cuckoos must overcome United Counties Premier Division rivals Sleaford at In2itive Park on Saturday (3pm kick-off)to emulate the class of 2014-15 who became the first Yaxley team to reach the fourth round.
Sleaford are a point and a place behind Yaxley in the league, but they have already done the double over Benjamin’s men winning 4-0 at home and 2-1 at Yaxley.
Yaxley warmed up for the big third round tie with a 1-0 Hinchingbrooke Cup win over UCL Division One side Oakham on Tuesday.
Left-back Jack Saunders scored the only goal of that game, but he is one of three players cup-tied on Saturday (Dodci Agbenu and Luke Waterhouse are the others), but key man Wayne Morris could make a rare appearance after missing most of the season with work commitments.
“I’m confident we can turn Sleaford over,” Benjamin said. “They’ve beaten us twice in the league already so there is an edge there for us.
“The Vase is a big competition for us. The club enjoyed a great run last season and we want to do the same.
“Sleaford are a hard-working side who like to get the ball forward early to a big man, but we have the quality to overcome them.
“We played well against Oakham so that was a good warm up for us. It was more comfortable than 1-0 would suggest.
“It’s a blow to have three new signings unavailable, but if Wayne plays that would be a real boost for us.”
Yaxley’s league form hasn’t been great recently - they threw away 3-0 and 4-1 leads last weekend in a wind-affected match against a Northampton Spencer side who were reduced to nine men by two red cards late on. Jon Stead scored twice for Yaxley.
Holbeach are now second in the Premier Division after following a 3-2 away win at Oadby with a 3-1 success at local rivals Deeping Rangers.
Josh Ford scored twice in both matches. Deeping had led 1-0 at half-time.
Holbeach, who are seven points behind leaders Leicester Nirvana with a game in hand, have a tricky game at Kirby Muxloe on Saturday.
Deeping travel to unbeaten third-place team AFC Kempston. Kempston have won 12 and drawn six of their 18 league matches this season.
Stamford AFC won for the first time under latest boss Graham Drury. Jake Duffy scored the only goal in an Northern Premier Division win at Mickleover Sports.