BUXTON FC boss John Reed is confident his team has what it takes to progress in the FA Trophy, despite being considered the underdogs for Saturday’s game against Northwich Victoria.
The Bucks travel to the Victoria Stadium (kick-off 3pm) for the Second Qualifying Round tie against The Vics, who are setting the pace in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Reed said: “No-one’s given us a prayer (of winning) but you never know, we could surprise them all yet. We lost 3-2 to Northwich at home in the first game of the season but I think if we’d had then the team we’ve got now, we could have beaten them.
“To say it will be a tough game is an understatement but we’ve got to go there positive. If we get our tactics right, and get a bit of luck on the day, who knows what can happen.
“At the moment we’re just trying to keep our unbeaten run going as long as we can. Five straight wins in the league will take us to just outside the play-offs. I’m not giving up, I’m not a quitter, I’m a fighter.
“Our priority has to be staying in the league, that is definitely number one. But sometimes good cup runs can kick-start your league campaign. They can give you a lift and the Trophy competition is also important because of the prize money which really helps, particularly with the crowds being down.”
And Reed has almost a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s game, with the only doubt being Scott Maxfield who was injured in Tuesday night’s draw at Frickley Athletic.
Goalkeeper Scott Hartley will return after missing Tuesday’ s game because he was working away in Essex. Buxton signed teenage keeper Adam Reid on a dual registration basis from Altrincham as a replacement. Liverpool-based Reid has previously been with Accrington Stanley.
Should Saturday’s Trophy tie end in a draw, a replay will take place at the Silverlands on Wednesday (November 9, kick-off 7.45pm).
On Saturday November 12, the Bucks host Hednesford Town (kick-off 3pm). This is a change to the scheduled fixture as original opponents Bradford PA are in FA Cup action.