Favouritism is sitting heavy with Leamington boss Paul Holleran ahead of his side’s FA Trophy first round clash with Northern Premier League Stourbridge tomorrow.
Home advantage and higher-level status make Brakes odds-on to beat their old rivals but Holleran is reluctant to put too much store by the betting given Stourbridge’s renowned cup pedigree.
“It’s a great tie. Leamington-Stourbridge games are always special,” said Holleran. “The two clubs are very similar. They’ve always been neck and neck.
“They’ve had some good cup runs and we’ve had a couple of promotions. Obviously people will look at us, in a higher league and make us favourites, but they have already beaten two sides in our division in Alfreton and Bradford in cups this season and I watched them against Bradford and they were excellent.
“No one in the Midlands has done as well in cup competitions in recent years as Stourbridge. It’s nicely poised.”
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