Attfield hopeful of FA Cup upset

Royston travel to Wingate & Finchley tomorrow for the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup

ROYSTON TOWN manager Paul Attfield is confident his team can cause an FA Cup upset tomorrow (Saturday) when they travel to Ryman Premier Division side Wingate & Finchley.

The Crows are unbeaten in the league with 13 points from 15 so far, and Attfield believes his players have the ability to get one over the Blues, who play a league above.

“It’s a one-off cup game so anything can happen. We’ve had them watched and they are a strong side. But if we play like we have been so far this season then I’m confident we can get a result,” Attfield told the Royston Crow.

“They’ve got an excellent playing surface at their place – which will suit us – so hopefully it will be a good game.

“They started the season with three defeats, but I think they have won three on the bounce since then so they are in a bit of form as well.

“Physically it will be tough for us, but technically I think we can get amongst them. We’re a division below so there’s no expectation or pressure on us.”

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Meanwhile Attfield says he was pleased to get a point from the 1-1 result at Aylesbury on Tuesday night, but says he is slightly concerned that it was the fourth time already this season his team has had to come from behind after a slow start.

“It is a bit of an issue that we aren’t starting games like we should be, but it’s not a major concern by any means as we’ve got points on the board,” he added.

“We’re just labouring at the start of games at the moment, but we went on and dominated the match and I was pleased with our display in the second half.”

When asked if he was surprised at how well his team have started this season, Attfield replied: “No, not really. I’m not surprised with the football we’re playing because it’s of the same quality as last season. The boys look very relaxed which is good, and there isn’t as much pressure on us like there was last season.

“I probably didn’t expect to have got as many points as we have at so far, but to get to this stage unbeaten is pleasing.”

Tomorrow’s match at kicks off at 3pm. Address: The Harry Abrahams Stadium

Summers Lane, Finchley, London, N12 OPD.