This weekend Fairford Town will be looking to win in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup since 2011/12, but Assistant Manager Jamie Reid insists there is no added pressure to the side ahead of their tie with Enfield 1893.
The Robins go into the game having been beaten at this stage in the last six seasons, but also go into the fixture on the back of two league wins to start their Hellenic Premier campaign off in the perfect way.
Reid spoke to Severn Sport ahead of this weekend’s game and admits that despite the results, there is still room for improvement.
“Without doubt we couldn’t ask for more in terms of the opening two results. We’ve had,the attitude and the application has been excellent, but we know strangely that our performances could be better.
It’s so exciting to think we know there is more to come from us, but as long as we’re winning football matches that’s all any manager wants,” Reid said.
Fairford have started off their 2019/20 season with a 3-0 win against Burnham last weekend, before a 3-1 win in their first Gloucestershire derby of the season at Lydney Town on Tuesday night. Reid told us that Tuesday’s win showed him and manager Jody Bevan that the side are going in the right way.
“Going to Lydney is always a task and a fair trek for the boys, especially on a Tuesday night. With them getting a good win away from home on the opening day too we knew they had to be respected, like all teams.
But it’s always down to us and how we perform as a team, so getting the win and making it two on the bounce shows that we’re going in the right direction.”
Fairford are one of nine local sides entering the FA Cup in its opening round and despite not having the greatest memories in the competition, Reid told Severn Sport that it is always a special occasion when cup time rolls around and that anything can happen in the cup.
“To be honest neither myself or Jody have had any real success in this competition,” said the former Hardwicke player/manager. “I’ve had more lows than highs and that’s the truth. Losing to Shortwood United with Gloucester City has to be down there as well as getting sent off away at Eastleigh, when they were top of the Conference South, after about 20 minutes when I was playing for Mangotsfield.
But it’s always great when the Fa Cup comes along, it’s a break from the league and coming into it knowing we’ve got the maximum points on the board gives us confidence ahead of the tie.
The prize money is always huge for us non-league clubs, but we don’t get any pressure from the Chairman or anything so we won’t be putting any pressure on our boys neither, We just want to win every football match and this weekend is no different. Every player wants to play at Wembley, so who knows this is an opportunity to do just that come May,” Reid added.
Fairford Town vs Enfield 1893 in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup will be our featured game this weekend and you will be able to listen to the game absolutely live on Severn Sport. Kick off at Cinder Lane is 15:00
Check out the full list of fixtures for this weekend, including the start of the Gloucestershire County League and Northern Senior League seasons, along with the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, right here.