Sutton aim to add new chapter to FA Cup history against Cheltenham

02 December 2016 03:39

Sutton hope to add another chapter to their storied FA Cup history on Saturday when League Two Cheltenham visit Gander Green Lane in round two.

It is 27 years since Matt Hanlan scored the winner against top-flight Coventry to complete one of the competition's most famous upsets for the Surrey side.

And now current Sutton boss Paul Doswell admits he would like the opportunity to experience some of the FA Cup third round magic for himself.

Doswell, formerly in charge of Eastleigh, said: "As a manager I've never been to the third round - I've been close, but never there.

"I would be a liar if I said you don't go to bed thinking that if you win on Saturday you could get the big six or seven in the Premier League.

"That's the dream for every non-league club to get that big draw that financially sets the club up and give you that wonderful day of football," Doswell told thefa.com.

Brackley and Solihull are the other two non-league clubs in action on Saturday as they prepare to visit Blackpool and Luton respectively.

National League North side Brackley disposed of League One Gillingham after a replay in round one and boss Kevin Wilkin is hoping to spring another upset.

Wilkin said: "Blackpool will be favourites to win it and I hope that adds more pressure on them because every team needs a good cup run.

"But we will take nothing for granted and will have to play at the same levels as we did in both games against Gillingham to get anything from it."

Liam McDonald's Solihull side reached the second round after a penalties win over Yeovil and are convinced they can pull off another shock at Kenilworth Road.

McDonald told thefa.com: "It's 100 per cent winnable and the players know that the carrot is dangled for the third round - these guys could be playing the teams they support and that determination will drive them on."

New Charlton boss Karl Robinson will come face to face with his former employers MK Dons at The Valley having left the club by mutual consent in October.

Richie Barker is expected to remain in caretaker-charge of the Dons for the match, despite terms having been agreed with Hearts boss Robbie Neilson to succeed Robinson at the helm.

Bottom club Newport look to take their mind off league worries as they travel to Plymouth, while League Two Carlisle will fancy their chances of upsetting League One Rochdale at Brunton Park.

In two other FA Cup games on Saturday, Wycombe travel to League One strugglers Chesterfield, while Shrewsbury face Fleetwood at the New Meadow.

Source: PA


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