FC Halifax Town left back Scott McManus is relishing the chance of seeing his side over the line and to Wembley ahead of the FA Trophy semi-final second leg.
McManus scored the opener in the 4-2 win over Nantwich Town at The Weaver Stadium and admits that Wembley would be something he would savour.
“It’s something that has never come around before for myself and I know it’s not something that hasn’t come around a lot for the other lads in the squad either I know Kev Roberts has played there twice when he was at Cambridge so hopefully we can make it three times for him.
“We’ve always taken this competition pretty seriously. This is the furthest we’ve been in it and now we are one step closer.”
The furthest Town had previously got was the quarter-finals, most recently last season, when Wrexham came away the victors with a 1-0 win at The Shay.
“I’ve spoke to a lot of Halifax fans about that defeat because the team was changed a lot for the tie, but I just think Wrexham were the better team on the night and they deserved to go through.”
Until the 3-3 draw with Gateshead in the quarter-finals, Town had not conceded a goal in this competition, something that McManus believes was vital.
“After the start to the season we had, I don’t think we had much choice but to stop conceding goals. Hopefully we can continue to keep the goals conceded tally down.”
It was a hard fought win against Nantwich as The Dabbers came back into the game on two occasions, and it’s something that is in the back of Town’s minds.
“In cup competitions, you can’t afford to take anyone lightly. They’re on the semi-finals for a reason and they showed that with the performance in the first leg.
“We got a decent result at their place, now we need to bring them back to The Shay and finish the tie off.
“After our poor start this season, any win we get is so important to us. Winning games and the chance of Wembley on the horizon will fill the lads with confidence.”
Halifax overcame Gateshead on penalties in the last round but McManus is hoping there is no repeat of that in the second leg. However, if there is, he won’t shy away from stepping up.
“Hopefully it won’t get to a penalty shoot-out with us having a two goal advantage, but if it does then I won’t hesitate to step up and take a penalty.”
A Wembley trip would be a fine reward for Town’s current longest serving player, but he believes that it isn’t just him who merits a trip under the arch.
“I’ve been here for a long time now and the fans deserve a trip to Wembley. This club has never been there before so I think they are due a trip.
“We came away with a good result at their place and we fancy our chances against anyone at home.”