Confidence building ahead of the FA Cup

ALL EYES are back on the FA Cup this Saturday with Huntingdonshire’s top four teams all in preliminary round action.

After St Ives Town, Godmanchester Rovers and Huntingdon Town all booked their places with wins in at the extra preliminary round, Southern League Division One Central high-flyers St Neots Town now join the party, and their manager Dennis Greene believes his team can go all the way to the first round proper.

Writing exclusively for The Hunts Post in his weekly Greene Shoots column, the Saints boss says: “We have a great chance of reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup this season – I think we have as good a chance as any team outside the national Conference if I’m honest.”

St Neots travel to Midlands League side Thurnby Nirvana, who thrashed Desborough Town 5-0 in their midweek replay.

And they will be full of confidence after their fantastic start to the season. Shaking off the disappointment of a 2-1 loss to Bedworth United last week, the Saints stormed to a 4-1 win over Chalfont St Peter before picking another three points with a 1-0 win over Barton Rovers on bank holiday Monday. This all left Greene in a rather good mood. He said: “Five wins out of six ain’t bad so I can’t complain.”

UCL Division One side Huntingdon Town will also be a team full of confidence going into their FA Cup first preliminary round match at Bugbrooke St Michaels.

Their remarkable 8-0 Chromasport & Trophies United Counties League win over Potton United last week was the perfect way to prepare for only their second ever game in the world famous competition.

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Six players chipped in with goals as Town hit four in each half. And manager Ricky Marheineke reckoned his side could have won the game by an even wider margin.

“It could have been 12-0 or 13-0,” he said.

St Ives Town and Godmanchester Rovers both have tougher opponents in this round. AFC Sudbury of the Ryman League Division One North are St Ives’ visitors while Rovers will travel to Loughborough University, who play in the Midland Alliance League.