Wroxham boss is still confident
Wroxham boss David Batch hopes Concord take the Yachtsmen lightly in tonight's FA Cup second qualifying round replay (7.45pm).
The Ridgeons Premier Division leaders were just minutes from claiming a notable higher league scalp at Trafford Park on Saturday before the visitors hit back twice in stoppage time to cancel out earlier goals from Paul Cook and Matty Daniels. Batch insists his side are more than capable of a repeat performance at Rangers to book an away tie at Conference South Dover.
'I hope they do underestimate us,' he said. 'If you go through the two sides player by player then I think we look like the team who are two leagues higher in terms of experience and how many career games we have played. I hope they think it was a one-off performance and that we are not able to raise it again. On the contrary I am confident that we can do that.
'I heard a few things from their side during the game and after which suggest they probably felt coming to us was going to be a fairly easy route to the next round. That wasn't the case at the weekend and I believe we can do the same at their place.'
Batch insists he will not have to raise his troops after coming so close to knocking out the Ryman Premier League outfit.
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'I think it's fair to say the players were more disappointed than I was at the end because of the manner we gave away the goals,' he said.
'I don't think they looked two leagues higher than us and the thing now is we can go armed with that knowledge. '
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Batch would also relish the prospect of a potential trip to the south coast for the winners.
'It's a carrot – albeit a difficult one for whoever gets through,' he said. 'You are talking about a club two levels from the Football League on their own ground. We have to worry about this game first and foremost, but I look at in one of two ways.
'We could have got the sort of draw King's Lynn have got in the next round. They had a fairly easy game at the weekend and to be at home again in the next round to that sort of team is another good chance to progress. Or, you can get the tie we have potentially and treat it as a massive challenge to overcome.'
Meanwhile, in the Ridgeons Premier Division tonight Diss aim to bounce back from a heavy 3-0 league defeat to Stanway when they host Newmarket at Brewers Green Lane.
Norwich United entertain Norfolk rivals Gorleston with only a point separating the sides.