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Mander out to cause FA Cup shock
3:30pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 in Football
ADRIAN Mander admits he knows nothing about Cradley Town’s next FA Cup opponents.
But the Hammers boss believes his in-form side can pull off a shock when they host North West Counties League outfit Norton United in Saturday’s preliminary round.
Cradley go into the game on the back of an excellent 4-2 win over AFC Wulfrunians in West Midlands Premier Division and Mander says his players have nothing to lose.
He said: “It’s going to be a great test for us and a chance to see how we cope against a side from a higher league.
“It’s great for the club to be involved in games like this and if we win the financial benefits are huge.
“We know absolutely nothing about them as a team and we are going into it blind.
“But we are in great form and if we play to our best I can’t see any reason we can’t get the win.”
Tuesday’s win over the previously-unbeaten Wulfs moved Cradley up to second and raised expectations of a challenge for the title this term.
Second-half goals from Will Tibbetts, Jason Barton and Chris Russell helped Mander’s side fight back from a 2-1 half-time deficit.
He said: “To be fair they could have been out of sight by half-time. They were a lot better than us.
“They had a couple of chances in the final five minutes of the first-half and had those gone in we would have been really up against it.
“But in the second-half we came back brilliantly. It was a huge win for us, a massive one.”
Cradley return to league action on Tuesday when they host Dudley Sports.
Causeway United broke their duck in the Midland Alliance with a 2-1 win over Ellsmere Rangers last Saturday and followed it up with a 1-1 draw at Boldmere St Michaels on Tuesday.
Carl Burley’s men travel to Heather St Johns on Saturday before a trip to Bridgnorth Town on Tuesday.