Wisbech Town manager Leon Mettam is looking forward to another shot at FA Cup glory this weekend.
The Fenmen travel to Kempston Rovers this Saturday for a preliminary round clash following their 5-1 thrashing of Ely City in the previous round.
However, they will have to recover from a bruising defeat last weekend to Loughborough Students in the United Counties League Premier Division North.
The defeat followed a well-earned three points at Skegness Town (see report left) which saw Mettam’s side get off to a better start in Step 5 football than many had expected.
With that in mind, the boss is excited for another weekend of cutting action.
“It’s an FA Cup game – it gives us a break from the league again and something else to focus on,” he told the Citizen.
“If you can’t get up for an FA Cup game at the level we are at, then there’s no point in you putting the shirt on at the end of the day because even if it’s lost its magic at most high level of the game in this country, I feel like in the lower leagues it’s still a huge attraction for a lot of clubs.
“A lot of presidents and a lot of managers want to do well in this area, and obviously I’m no different.
“(Kempston) are a Step 4 team, they are a league above us – so I’m sure they will be a very difficult task for us, especially if they are at home.
“But we will train on Wednesday, we will prepare like we would for any other game and hopefully we go out there and show a better side of what we showed on Saturday. I know it’s in there.
Mettam admitted last weekend’s upset at Loughborough was a “disaster from start to finish”.
Wisbech wasted a goal with what was effectively the last kick of the first half, before conceding twice in the opening minutes of the second half.
Mettam was quick to let his players know his frustration with their performance.
“It was just a really, really disappointing day,” he added.
“The sooner I forget about this, the better.
“We lead 1-0 at half time and it was a very poor performance from us. Even though we had a game plan and were almost 0-0 at half-time, it could have been three or four by then – which was really disappointing.
Students of Wisbech against Loughborough: Pearson, Hamilton, O’Boyle (Wheatley), Howard, Ward, Masiarz, Kacirek, Everington, Onyon, Hudson (Foster), Janneh. Unused Subs: Brooks, Shackleton
Fans’ Man of the Match – Kegan Everington