03:00PM, Tuesday 20 October 2020
Maidenhead United will be hoping to impose their recent league form in the FA Cup when they begin their campaign against Cray Valley PM at York Road this Saturday.
The Magpies will go into the clash brimming with confidence having picked up two consecutive victories on the road against Wrexham AFC (October 12) and Notts County (October 17).
They will now have the benefit of home advantage for this weekend’s cup match against the Millers who could make club history if they were to progress into the first round proper of the tournament.
Having made their FA Cup debut in 2013 in an Extra Preliminary Round tie against Lancing, Cray Valley advanced to the next round with an emphatic home victory replay at Culver Road winning 4-0.
Fast forward seven years, the Isthmian Southern Counties East side - now managed by Kevin Watson - find themselves matched up against Alan Devonshire’s Maidenhead United in the fourth round qualifying stage, the furthest they’ve ever been in the tournament.
Comprehensive victories against Burgess Hill Town, Harrow Borough and most recently Aveley have paved the way for the Millers to go head to head against National League opposition. Ade Yusuff bagged a brace against the Essex-based side last Tuesday (October 17) to keep this year’s FA Cup endeavour well and truly alive.
While Devonshire will be confident his new-look Magpies can sweep aside their lower-league visitors with ease, the Millers will be riding a wave of optimism; confident that they can write another chapter in the history books.
Looking ahead to the tie, Devonshire said: "Any side that gets through to the fourth qualifying round and beats some decent teams along the way, it doesn’t matter what league they’re in, they’ve got nothing to lose.
"It will be a massive game for them. We’ve got to make sure we’ve been doing what we’ve been doing in the last two games and match them with the work rate and hopefully our ability will come out.
"But we’re showing them all the respect they deserve, they’re in the hat for this and it’s a big game for us too.
"They left three or four players out on Saturday, they probably knew we would go and watch them. But, to be fair, I've spoken to the manager of Aveley, who played them in the last round. We'll show them the respect they deserve and it will be a tough game."
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