Farnborough remain focused on their FA Cup Second Qualifying Round tie but midfielder Nic Ciardini admitted that thoughts of a run to the First Round were on his mind.

Ciardini scored twice in the Yellows 5-0 win over Andover Town on Saturday, a win that set up an away tie at Evo-Stik Southern Premier League club Swindon Supermarine.
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Both sides ply their trade in step four of the non-league pyramid and will see the tie as “winnable” according to Ciardini.

“It’s a good draw for both teams isn’t it” he said.

“All you can ask at this point is to get a winnable tie and both clubs will see it as that.

“We are at the same level, they’ll fancy it and we will fancy it. All we can do is go in with the same mentality that we have done in both rounds and hopefully we can get through”

If Farnborough, the focus on Non-League Daily’s ‘TeamSnap Search for a Giantkiller’ feature, secure safe passage through to the Third Qualifying Round they will be just two wins away from the “proper” rounds of the competition.

That will invoke memories of a historic run to the Fourth Round in 2003, when as Farnborough Town, the club took an Arsenal side containing the likes of Sol Campbell, Robert Pires and Patrick Vieira. 

Since reforming as Farnborough FC the club is yet to reach the First Round, with their best performance coming with a run to the Fourth Qualifying Round in 2009/10 and 2010/11.

Salisbury City and Dover Athletic put an end to the Yellows’ hopes of securing a lucrative tie against a Football League club and Ciardini admitted that, even at this early stage, PIRESthere were thoughts of a historic run in the competition.

He said “It’s early we know that, but every non-league club in the competition will be thinking about it.

“We are no different, we want to get there but there is a long way to go yet. Swindon Supermarine will be thinking it, we are thinking it.

“It is every players’ dream to have a good FA Cup run, hopefully we can do that this year.

“It’s probably a bit boring to say it but we are taking it one game at a time and we are only focusing on the next round. Then will see what happens”

Ciardini has been in good form so far this season.

He scored two impressive free kicks in the win at Andover Town and has been a regular on the scoresheet during the early part of the season.

He paid tribute to his side for their performance at Andover, and revealed that they are being more comfortable with the “favourites” tag they have been given this season.

“We were good on Saturday, very good actually” said the midfielder.

“We could have had another two or three goals but we will take what we got.

“We went in as favourites, just as we did against Longlevens, and just as we have in most games this season.

“We are used to it and we are comfortable with it now. We are pulling together and we are playing some good stuff.

“Long may that continue in the league and the cup”

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