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Swifts boss Hawkes wants a big turnout for FA Trophy match
8:00am Saturday 19th October 2013 in Sport
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS boss Mark Hawkes is urging supporters to turn out in force for today's FA Trophy tie at home to Essex rivals Canvey Island.
Scraley Road is set to host its first cup match of the season and a bumper crowd is anticipated.
Swifts are still going strong in the FA Cup after winning 2-1 at Bromley to set up a fourth qualifying round tie at Boreham Wood.
However, they have been drawn away in every round so far, meaning this weekend’s big derby is long overdue.
“In terms of attracting a big crowd, we can’t do much more than we’re doing at the moment,” said Hawkes.
“We’re doing well in the league and cup, playing attractive football, and we’d love it if people turned out to support us.
“The players really deserve it.
“It’s our first cup game of the season at home and it should be a bumper crowd, with both camps revved up and looking forward to it.”
A trio of Heybridge players will be up against their former club, having been popular figures at Park Lane.
Midfielders Rob King and Kevin Dobinson and defender Chris Moore have all been part of a Swifts side who currently occupy a play-off spot in Ryman One North.
There may be an injury doubt over King after he hobbled off from Swifts’ midweek win over Tilbury.
However, Dobinson is destined to play and said: “I spent 10 years at Canvey.
“It’s a great club, run by good people, and they’re a league above us, so it’ll be a good test for us. But if we stick together, we can beat anyone on our day.”
MALDON & TIPTREE boss Terry Spillane admits his side are “massive underdogs” in their Trophy tie against Maidstone United.
But he says he and his players will relish that tag, as they battle to make progress into the second qualifying round.
Maidstone, flying high at the top of the Ryman Premier, are a former Football League side who attract home crowds in excess of 2,000. They are set to bring a large travelling support and Spillane says the tie will be one to savour at Park Drive.
“If you can’t enjoy an occasion like this, you’re in the wrong sport,” he said.
“We’ll have our work cut out and this is the first game for a long time that we’ve started as massive underdogs.
“Maidstone are a huge non-league club and it’s not often you get to play a side with such pedigree and history. But I know my players will step up to the plate and give their all.”
WITHAM TOWN are also in Trophy action, at home to St Albans City.
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