Buxton must 'fight fire with fire' as Belper Town look to cause FA Cup upset - Gary Hayward

Buxton boss Gary Hayward.Buxton boss Gary Hayward.
Buxton boss Gary Hayward.
Gary Hayward says Buxton must 'fight fire with fire' as FA Cup opponents Belper Town will arrive looking to cause an upset.

The Nailers enjoyed a superb run in last season's competition, reaching the third qualifying round before being edged out 2-1 at Meadow Lane by Notts County.

Their manager Grant Black has already made it clear he wants more of the same this season.

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However, Bucks boss Hayward wants to make sure his squad don't take their Northern Premier League South East Division opponents lightly.

"It's a free shot for them really," Hayward said.

"It won't be easy for us by any standards, it's about how we apply ourselves.

"We have to be on it as Belper are a good side and they'll come and give it a good go. We've got to stand up to that and fight fire with fire.

"It'd be nice to get in the next round."

While Belper beat Market Drayton Town 4-0 on Saturday, Buxton kicked off their Northern Premier League campaign with a 4-2 win over Radcliffe Borough.

Tonight's first qualifying round clash at the Tarmac Silverlands Stadium kicks off at 7.45pm.

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