Saturday, August 25, 2012

Cammell Laird must take FA Cup chance and book tie with FC United of Manchester, says manager Read More

 Source: Liverpool Echo

 CAMMELL LAIRD can book an exciting FA Cup tie with FC United of Manchester – if they overcome an unknown side from Hull.

Tony Sullivan’s men make the trip to Barton Town Old Boys this afternoon in the preliminary round stage of the competition.

Sullivan says not only are the finances on offer from a potential game at Gigg Lane a major incentive but the prospect of playing against such a well supported non-league side should also serve as real motivation for his players.

Laird have started the Evo-Stik First Division North season with a draw and a defeat with Jamie Henders netting four times.

But Sullivan has challenged the striker to maintain his form whilst asking the squad to make the most of their FA Cup opportunity today.

“We are not going to take Barton lightly at all,” said Sullivan.

“We are going there with a game plan to try and get something out of the game.

“We will properly prepare and hopefully get through to the next round.

“Potentially the next round could be a financially fantastic reward for the club. Going to FC United is the carrot at the end of today’s game.

“It is a fixture that can only help the club.

“Yes, it would be great for my CV but more importantly, what an opportunity for the players to play in front of over 1,000 fans at Gigg Lane.

“Victory in the FA Cup can kick start a season as well.

“Before that next big tie, everyone is playing for the shirt.”

Henders is likely to start up front for Lairds this afternoon following his four goals in two games, but Sullivan says he cannot rest on his laurels.

“Jamie has had a great start to the season,” he said.

“Jamie has got fantastic ability but he will be the first to tell you that he has not always been the player we know he can be.

“He has started the season on fire but we expect more of that.

“He has shown everyone his capabilities in the first two games but he has got to do that for the 44 games over the course of the season.

“He has a good attitude and hopefully this form will continue.”

Also in the FA Cup: Padiham v Burscough; AFC Liverpool v Cables and Irlam v Runcorn Town.

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