Mildenhall Town boss Dean Greygoose says the club is buzzing ahead of their next foray in the FA Cup as his players look to embrace their underdogs tag once again.
The Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side will equal their best ever run in the world’s most famous domestic competition — which came on their FA Cup debut 15 years go — if they can topple higher-league Hanwell Town in west London on Saturday (3pm) to make it into the third qualifying round.
Greygoose is looking for his side to cause a third straight upset, having overcome North Greenford United, who like Hanwell ply their trade in The Evo-Stik League Southern Division One Central, 1-0 in a home replay in the last round after defeating Ryman League Division One North outfit Soham Town Rangers 5-2, also at Recreation Way, in the preliminary round.
“The club is just coming alive with these FA Cup games,” Greygoose said.
“We will take at least 68 supporters there as the coach is full and we have other people going down.
“The FA Cup is an amazing experience and it is time for us to make the most of it.”
Playing at Wembley in the semi-finals or final may be a distant dream, but Mildenhall’s players will be hoping to shine in the spotlight at Perivale, just four-and-a-half miles from the national stadium, with £4,500 in prize money available for the winners as well as the hope of a pulling out a National League North or South side in the next round.
“Saturday will be a different type of game, playing away against a team higher than us,” said Greygoose.
“It will be a little more similar to Soham as Greenford play differently to Hanwell.
“For us it will be a case of same again as we have a great team ethos and are fit and organised.
“We are the underdogs, which is great, and we have just got to keep going and prove a point.”
The Hall chief is hoping his strikers can find their shooting boots on Saturday, after frustrating him in a 0-0 draw at local rivals Thetford Town, on Tuesday, to leave them eighth in the table.
“I was very disappointed with my frontline as I have given them time and faith, but we’ve been having to rely on keeping clean sheets and that isn’t really what we’re all about,” he said.
With Matt Hayden, who signed with fellow forward Luke Catchpole from Lakenheath in the summer, leaving after ‘things didn’t work out’ before signing for Long Melford, Greygoose now has only three strikers on his books, in Catchpole, Dan Brown and Michael Hervey, who only have four goals between them.
And the Hall manager confirmed he has a seven-day approach in for one striker while he is also speaking to another who could sign before the weekend, although he would be cup-tied.
Midfielder Callum Kearns (hamstring) is the only absentee ahead of Saturday, with Greygoose otherwise having a full squad to choose from.