FA Cup Sat 8 September Shepherd Neame Stadium
  • Bourne (49')
  • Budd (27')
  • Ajiboye (53')
  • Crane (73')

With £6000 on offer for the winners of the 1st Qualifying Round tie, the Mackerel Men travel buoyed by an unbeaten start to the league campaign and despite their hosts playing one division lower, manager Adam Hinshelwood knows his side will have to dig deep to come away with the win and a place in the next round.

Hinshelwood said ‘I’ve no doubt this will be a tough game, a hard place to go and win, as is any ground in Kent. We know it’ll be a physical test for us, lots of long balls and long throws coming into our box and we have to make sure we deal with every single one of them and not lose concentration.’

‘We’ve focused on our areas in training that I felt we could do better in, last weekend we didn’t create enough despite winning the game. We need to do better when we face one v one or two v two in and around the opposition area and hopefully the work we’ve done this week will improve this side of our game.’

While Hinshelwood conceded results were very good after the first four weeks of the season, performances are not quite at the level he is expecting them to be, ‘We’ve done well to get the results we have so far, but I want the performance level to improve significantly. I feel we’ve been good for just 45 minutes so far this season and that came in a drawn game. I want us to give the supporters more to cheer about in a game than just 3 or 4 created chances.’

‘We get great support for this club home or away and we need to be on our game for 90 minutes weekly to give them what they deserve.’

Hinshelwood’s only absentee for the game is defender Will Miles, who is anticipated to be two weeks away from a return to first team action. Wing back Alex Parsons is doubtful after not being able to train this week and one or two players will face fitness tests before the game after picking up knocks last weekend.

The game at Salters Lane kicks off at 3pm. Admission prices are £10 Adults, £6 Over 60’s and Students, £2 Children and free for Under 12’s.