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Hawkes: we cannot afford to be distracted by FA Cup adventure
HEYBRIDGE Swifts boss Mark Hawkes expects to learn a lot from his players in tonight’s Ryman One North clash at home to Tilbury.
His side are in the midst of a gripping spell of cup football - still going strong in the FA Cup and looking forward to next weekend’s FA Trophy tie at home to Essex rivals Canvey Island.
However, important points are up for grabs in tonight’s encounter and Hawkes is calling for a big performance at Scraley Road.
“It’s a very important game - our most important game at the moment,” he said.
“We’re not going to win the FA Cup and it’s very unlikely we’ll win the FA Trophy.
“But league points are our bread and butter.
“That’s why I’ll learn a lot from my players, because they have to show the right attitude and approach it the right way.”
Swifts continued their FA Cup adventure by winning 2-1 at Conference South high-fliers Bromley on Saturday.
Yesterday morning’s fourth qualifying round draw handed them a trip to Boreham Wood.
“It’s another tough tie and another away game,” said Hawkes.
“It would have been nice to get a lucrative tie, against a side that attracts big crowds.
“But that isn’t the case and we have to hope that if we get through, we’ll be rewarded in the first-round proper.
“I was very pleased and proud of my players for their performance at Bromley.
“They worked hard, were disciplined and stuck to our game-plan.
“We played some great attacking football in the first half and then defended well to keep control of the season.”
Elsewhere in the FA Cup, BRAINTREE TOWN will start their campaign with a trip to Calor Southern League side Weymouth.
WITHAM TOWN face a trip to Wingate & Finchley in the Robert Dyas League Cup tonight.
The sides will do battle in a second-round encounter.
WIVENHOE TOWN are on the lookout for a new reserve-team manager, following the resignation of Sean Ayton.
Kevin Brown and Michael Wallace will take charge for tomorrow’s second-string match at home to Stanway Rovers.
The Dragons are now actively seeking a new reserve-team manager and applicants should e-mail their CV to email@example.com
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