Stevenage up for the Cup as they prepare for FA Cup First Round tie with Ryman League Premier side Maidstone United

Graham Westley

Graham Westley - Credit: Archant

Stevenage boss Graham Westley says he is “ready for another run” at the FA Cup as they prepare for their opening clash of the 2014-15 competition.

Boro begin their potential road to Wembley with a home clash against Ryman League Premier side Maidstone United this Sunday.

The League Two outfit have stood toe-to-toe with Premier League giants including Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Newcastle United in recent years and Westley knows how important a good cup run can be,

Speaking to the Comet, Westley said: “The FA Cup is massive for Stevenage. If you around at the training ground. In the end, the training ground has been built by the FA Cup.

“The year I left we had just beaten Reading, went on to draw Spurs and here’s the proceeds.

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“The football club has benefitted in the past from the FA Cup and this is the kind of development you will see when the FA Cup comes to town.

“Stevenage, as much as any other football club, knows what the FA Cup is all about, what it can bring and we are ready for another run at it.

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“We know we have to respect the FA Cup and be prepared to battle with all of our might to suceeed in it. That is the score.”

Boro’s opponents Maidstone are currently riding high in the Step three Ryman Premier Division, just two points off top spot with three games in hand and as with every game in what Westley describes as “the world’s greatest cup competition”, the boss will not take the Kent side lightly.

Westley continued: “I would not like to go into any game without our frontline team and this game is no different,

“We (Stevenage) have been in the situation that our opponents have been in this weekend and we know how we fought and went about our work in their situation.

“We are expecting them to do everything we did when we were in their position so putting out that fire is something we do not under-estimate at all.

“Turning up with anything less than 100 percent on Sunday is not on our agenda.”

Following last Saturday’s controversial 2-2 draw with Tranmere Rovers and Tuesday’s Herts Cup win over Colney Heath, Westley has several injury posers but hopes for as many as possible are available at the weekend.

“Charlie Adams was forced off with sickness last Saturday and Beardo (Chris Beardsley) felt his back and hamstring and Jon Ashton was forced off as well so we have worked hard on them during the week but not sure if any of those will make it.

“The big debates are Jack Jebb, who was on the bench last week nursing a hamstring injury and Dean Parrett suffered a slight knock on Tuesday so we are not sure on them either but I will have a relatively fit squad at my disposal.”

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