Stevenage boss Darren Sarll before FA Cup clash: As a former non-league player I respect Nantwich Town
PUBLISHED: 09:35 04 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 04 November 2017
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Stevenage boss Darren Sarll is far too savvy to show anything but the greatest respect to Saturday’s FA Cup opponents Nantwich Town of the Evo-Stik Norther Premier League before their first round clash at the Lamex.
Sarll, who has been as frustrated as the club’s fans at the inconsistency shown by his talented team this season, is taking nothing for granted against the Dabbers from Cheshire.
Despite Boro’s opponents playing in the first round proper for only the second time in their long history since being formed in 1884 passionate Sarll has hailed their impressive efforts in reaching such a milestone.
He said: “I am sure it is a big game they are very much looking forward to and one that excites their players and staff.
“It will be a change for them in terms of coming to the type of ground that we are very fortunate to have and to play against full-time players.
“It will be a tough game and we will give them the respect they deserve for the fact they have got themselves to the First Round.”
Despite the Dabbers sitting 22nd out of 24 teams in the Northern Premier League they have shown good form in the FA Cup, not least by easing past Nuneaton Town before winning away to Kettering Town after a draw at the Weaver Stadium.
He said: “Logically we are the favourites of course.
“The FA Cup always makes people play 20 per cent better.
“If you play a team in the lower division, you can watch them as much as you like and if you add 20 per cent, that is what they will be.
“We are respectful of their qualities and analytical of their weakness.
“Because I was an amateur and non-league player myself, it isn’t too hard to give a view of that player to our players now.
“I think it is a fantastic competition and we all know anything can happen. There is no cup like it.”
Sarll knows his team is capable of morel, after suffering disappointing defeats at Yeovil and at home to Forest Green Rovers.
He added; “You can only work hard. There is no magic formula. We had a couple of extended periods last year where we didn’t win games, the only thing you can do is consistently drive a work ethic.”