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Manager happy with home ties in cup competitions
Redbridge boss Dave Ross feels his side will be underdogs in their FA Cup and FA Trophy ties.
The Motormen were handed a home tie against Ryman One North rivals Sudbury in the preliminary round of the FA Cup and another Oakside date in the FA Trophy against Whyteleafe.
And Ross believes both ties will be extremely difficult, with his side less favoured, which he hopes works in their favour.
He said: “The squad is looking good for the season, with over 50 players at the first few sessions.
“We’ll take every game as it comes, and hopefully we’ll get a few results and go on a cup run.”
Unfortunately Ross revealed they have lost a few players from last season, which is a blow, but he is confident the talent at his disposal can be moulded into a successful side.
Essex Senior League Ilford face Saffron Walden in the FA Cup and, if they come through that tie their reward will be another home tie against Welwyn Garden City or Hadley.
Manager Allan Fenn said: “I’m really happy with the draw and can’t wait to get the campaign underway.
“I’m hopeful we can build a successful side, as a team with no budget.”
Fenn certainly appears confident in his own abilities, having collected ‘nine trophies in two seasons’ and believes his Foxes squad are preparing well.
And he realises a solid pre-season is vital in order to prepare for the upcoming campaign.
Matt Frew’s Barkingside were handed a home tie against Wivenhoe or Enfield in the FA Cup, with a plum tie against Kingstonian to follow at their Cricklefield Stadium base in the FA Trophy.