Wroxham looking forward to ‘pressure-free’ challenge in the FA Cup at Leamington

Wroxham, blue, are not favourites for the first time in a FA Cup match this season. Photo: Steve Ada

Wroxham, blue, are not favourites for the first time in a FA Cup match this season. Photo: Steve Adams

Stewart Larter insists his Wroxham side are under no pressure as they travel to Conference North Leamington in the FA Cup second qualifying round, writes Thomas Crabb.

The Yachtsmen are facing a side who ply their trade two levels above their Step Four status, with Leamington currently sitting 10th in Vanarama Conference North, one place above but level on points with Lowestoft Town.

And Larter believes this gap between the sides will pile all the pressure on the West Midlands outfit, with his Wroxham side having nothing to lose come kick-off.

'Mentally for us there is no pressure; simple as that,' he said.

'It's different to the last two rounds (against Great Yarmouth and Mildenhall) where we were expected to win both games, this time that's their situation.'

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'I think for Leamington it's a no-win situation. If they beat us convincingly then that is what they were expected to do; if we sneak a draw or are maybe even lucky enough to beat them then that's a massive shock.

'We've got nothing to lose but on the other hand we are certainly not going there to make up the numbers. There will be a lot of things that will have to fall into line and some exceptional performances if we are to get anything, but we've got that in our locker and we will be doing our best to get into the next round.'

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Larter is also hopeful his side will be able to draw confidence from their latest result – Tuesday night's 3-2 win against Redbridge.

'Hopefully Tuesday's result, more than the performance, will maybe kick start a bit more belief back into the boys,' said Wroxham's boss, who is doing well following his summer switch from Gorleston.

'And we can go into today with no pressure, maybe play with a bit more freedom and hopefully get a result.'

Wroxham are without goalkeeping lynchpin Elliot Pride – with Ollie Sutton expected to get his chance between the sticks – whilst Steven Taylor will also miss the trip.

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