Andy Reynolds insists AFC Sudbury have ‘nothing to fear’ when they host higher league Hendon in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday.
The Yellows host last season’s Ryman League Premier Division runners-up at The Wardale Williams Stadium this weekend (3pm) in a rich vein of form, having won their last four games in all competitions.
And after masterminding the last two of those in the absence of boss Jamie Godbold, who has been away on holiday, assistant Reynolds is hoping to cause an upset and scoop the £3,000 prize money on offer to the winners of Saturday’s tie (3pm).
“We know it’s going to be a difficult proposition for us against a team who have got a good record in the competition,” said Reynolds about Saturday’s opponents, whose last first qualifying round defeat in the FA Cup came back in 1985.
“They had a great run to the first round not so many seasons ago, so we know it’s going to be a tough game. These are the sort of big games that we want to be playing in, and we’ll need to have the right mental approach.
“We’ve got nothing to fear playing against Hendon on Saturday. On paper it would be an upset for us to beat them.
“We expect a more difficult task than what we have most weeks, but we have an expectancy to go out and win games.”
Sudbury head into the weekend top of Ryman League Division One North, after a Craig Parker hat-trick helped them to a 5-2 win over local rivals Soham Town Rangers on Tuesday.
The Yellows currently hold a one point lead at the top, which they will be looking to extend when they host Witham Town in their game-in-hand on Tuesday (7.45pm).
n Former AFC Sudbury Girls player Eloise King has been selected to attend The FA’s England Under-15s National Performance Camp at Warwick University later this month.
The 13-year-old, who is the granddaughter of AFC’s kitman Mick Mills, will get to train with players from clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.