Longlevens AFC won’t be looking past their FA Cup Preliminary Round fixture against Farnborough, despite learning their fate should they pull off an FA Cup shock on Saturday.
That was the message from Levens boss James French.
A trip to Combined Counties Premier Division side Spelthorne Sports or Wessex Premier League outfit Andover Town lies in wait for the victors of Saturday’s tie at The Rushmoor Community Stadium.
However, French revealed that his side are looking no further than their game against Spencer Day’s side.
He said “We can’t look past Farnborough.
“We know the enormity of the task that faces us. They’ve got a fantastic facility, they have great players and not too long ago they were competing in step two of the non-league pyramid.
“We realise how tough it is and we know we have to go there fully prepared so we aren’t looking at who we could face in the next round.
“We are confident that we can go and get something but realistically we aren’t look beyond Saturday”
The Levens were given a further warning of the challenge that awaits them at the weekend as Farnborough travelled to Kidlington on Saturday and came away with a comfortable 3-0 win.
Non-League Daily ‘TeamSnap‘ Search for a Giantkillers club Longlevens know of Kidlington’s quality, having watched them seal the Hellenic League title last season and French admitted that he would be using his connections at Kidlington to do his homework on their FA Cup opponents.
“It was an excellent win.
“We played their last season and got beat 3-1, which shows what a good result it was.
“We were missing four senior players from our lineup through illness and unavaialability and one lad was only fit for the bench.
“We brought in some young lads from the reserves and they did exceptionally well against a young fit side that knock the ball around well.
“That allowed us to focus on playing the game we like to play and the second half in particular was impressive scoring four without reply”
Longlevens put in their own good performance ahead of the FA Cup tie with a comprehensive 5-0 away win against Brackley Town Saints on Saturday.
The result was even more pleasing for French as he had to go into the fixture with a number of key players missing.
Those players will be back in contention for their trip to Farnborough on Saturday according to French, as he confirmed that defender Ellis Sausman would more than likely miss the rest of the campaign with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
“The lads that missed Saturday’s game will all be in contention for Saturday at Farnborough” he said.
“We have a training session planned for Tuesday evening and the physio will be there working on the guys.
“But they all look as if they will be available apart from Ellis Sausman. He was injured in the Bedfont and Feltham game and unfortunately it has been diagnosed as an anterior cruciate ligament injury so we don’t think he will be back this season.
“Apart from that it is minor strains and niggles so we should go to Farnborough with a full squad”
The Levens will have a full squad on and off the park for Saturday’s game.
Just as they did in their Extra Preliminary Round game against Bedfont and Feltham, the Levens will have the full support of their club in one of, if not the biggest game in their history.
With the club running a number of senior sides, French was delighted to see that a number of the club’s players would make the trip to support his first team.
“The club have got behind us massively again.
“We have five senior teams and the fifth team don’t have a fixture so they are travelling to watch us play on Saturday.
“We have filled one bus and we are starting to fill another bus. The Third team have rearranged a game so most of those guys are coming up and we are just waiting on the second and fourth teams because they want to get behind the lads on a big day for the club”
And that big day is all that French and Longlevens will be focusing on for now.
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