LIVERSEDGE embark on their FA Cup journey tomorrow when they travel to fellow Northern Counties East League Premier Division side Selby in the Extra Preliminary Round, kick-off 3pm.
The Clayborners are on a mission to progress in the FA Cup and they have plenty of incentive with lucrative home draws in prospect for tomorrow’s winners.
Liversedge manager Billy Miller has pledged his side to the challenge: “Selby is the big one, the one we need to win. If we can get through this first round we could be at home in the next two rounds, progress in the FA Cup would be financially rewarding for us.”
Miller adds: “The lads look forward to the FA Cup, it gives us a chance to show what we are all about, it also gives us a chance to play different teams in different parts of the country.
In recent years we have been knocked out early on and so we are looking to make progress.”
Selby have yet to win this season in the league and suffered a 7-0 setback at Bridlington Town last Saturday.
But Liversedge will be aware of any possible backlash and won’t be complacent.
There are a number of hurdles for Liversedge to overcome, since their opening day victory at Nostell Miners Welfare they lost their second league match to Armthorpe and on Tuesday they were knocked out of the NCE League Cup by an injury time winner by Staveley.
The squad for tomorrow’s cup tie is depleted by injury. Andy Shuttleworth has broken ribs, Adam Hill is on crutches, Brook Newton has a broken toe and it could be too soon to see the return of the injured Darryl Leach.
Miller commented: “We started with a squad of 27 but it is down to about 15 now, it will be hard but the lads are already building a good spirit and that will be a big boost to us all.”
Miller admits his side were beaten by the better side against Armthorpe: “On Saturday we were very poor but on Tuesday we played really well and both sides had plenty of chances.
“We gave the ball away too easily especially for their goal which came in injury time and started from our move.
“We will be aiming to put things right in training this week in time for the FA Cup.”
Miller said Carl Horsman looked solid at full-back. Damien Hopkins is settling into a role in the centre of midfield. Chris Hanney made his first start on Tuesday and is a useful creative player and good in the dressing room.
Nathan Cartman made his debut on Saturday and had several chances. Goalkeeper Danny Knight made his first start on Tuesday.