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Heybridge Swifts are relishing FA Cup underdog tag
8:00am Saturday 12th October 2013 in Non-league football
HEYBRIDGE SWIFTS manager Mark Hawkes says his side will relish their underdog tag in today’s FA Cup tie at higher league Bromley.
The Greater London side – second in Skrill South – will be firm favourites to win the third qualifying round encounter at Hayes Lane.
Hawkes is confident his side can cause an upset, but more than happy for the hosts to have all the pressure on them.
“In our first FA Cup game we were the favourites, against Basildon United,” said Hawkes.
“Then we had a couple of 50-50 matches against sides from our league, Maldon & Tiptree and the we played Harlow.
“Now we’re the underdogs and I’m quite happy with that.
“Everyone is expecting us to lose, apart from those within our group.
“Bromley are under heaps of pressure and that means we can go there and relax, be competitive and see where it takes us.
“We know what we’ve got to do and I’m confident we’ve got the fire-power to hurt anyone.
“From a club perspective, there’s a big carrot financially to make the next round.
“But the players aren’t thinking like that.
“They’re just concentrating on the fact they’re two games away from the first-round proper.”
Robbie King (heel) and Neil Cousins (hamstring) are expected to win their fitness battles in time for the match.
However, Luke Callander looks set to miss out.
The striker is still struggling with a recurring hamstring injury that forced him off early in Swifts’ recent 5-0 Ryman One North defeat at home to Thurrock.
“It’s an ongoing problem, but we can’t afford to run the risk of making the injury worse for him,” said Hawkes.
“Luke’s too important a player to lose for six or seven weeks.”
Elsewhere, WITHAM TOWN and MALDON & TIPTREE are both in Ryman One North action.
Second-placed Witham travel to Romford, while Maldon, – refreshed after having no game last Saturday – will be looking forward to getting back in action at lowly Barkingside.
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