Heybridge Swifts boss Hawkes believes he has nothing to fear from Boreham Wood in the FA Cup (From Gazette)
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Heybridge Swifts boss Hawkes believes he has nothing to fear from Boreham Wood in the FA Cup
8:00am Saturday 26th October 2013 in Sport
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS boss Mark Hawkes insists his side have nothing to fear in today’s FA Cup showdown at Boreham Wood.
The sides are set to meet in a fourth qualifying round tie, with the winners heading into the first-round proper alongside the likes of Wolves, Sheffield United, Portsmouth and Coventry.
Ryman One North side Swifts will start as underdogs, against their Conference South hosts. But having already negotiated tricky away ties in the competition so far, Hawkes believes his side can relax and enjoy the occasion.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said the Heybridge boss. “Who knows what might happen, if we reach the heights that we did in our last cup match at Bromley or dig in like we did at Uxbridge, in the previous round of the FA Trophy.
“We’ve had a decent run from a hard draw in the competition. “And we’ve shown that if we can get out of this division, we could cope at a higher level in the premier division.
“With the squad we’ve collected and one or two new faces to freshen it up, I’m confident we could survive, so we’ve got nothing to fear when we play higher-placed sides in the cup.”
Hawkes’ belief that his side could compete in the division above was strengthened by last weekend’s Trophy defeat against Canvey Island.
Although Heybridge lost 2-1 to the Ryman Premier side, they more than held their own during an even contest at Scraley Road.
“That game showed we’re a very decent side with a very good group of players,” said Hawkes.
“If a neutral came along and didn’t know what divisions the teams were in, they would have thought it was a normal league match.
“There was very little between the sides but we just didn’t click in our forward areas.” Hawkes will be hoping that star striker Luke Callander is fit for today’s trip to Hertfordshire.
The front man - top scorer in the whole of the Ryman League last season - is nursing a hamstring injury but managed an hour of Tuesday’s Essex Senior Cup tie against Braintree Town.
Swifts fielded a very weakened side in that match and lost 7-0.
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