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Rams set for replay
12:19pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Football
RAMSBOTTOM United co-manager Anthony Johnson is confident his side will complete the job in their FA Cup first qualifying round replay at home to Stocksbridge Park Steels tonight (7.45pm).
The Rams needed a last-gasp penalty equaliser from Philip Dean to ensure Saturday’s initial tie between the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League clubs finished 2-2.
But Johnson reckons Stocksbridge, who play a division higher than the Rams, are fortunate to still be in the cup.
“It doesn’t tell the whole story because we absolutely battered them, destroyed them,” said Johnson, who will have a strong squad to choose from.
“We really played well and we were the better side by a mile.
“I didn’t think they showed us much respect. I think they looked at the league tables and thought it was going to be easy.
“But we’ll certainly be showing them respect.
“If we can get through it will be massive payday for the club but we’ve just got to concentrate one thing at a time.”
Should the Rams progress they will earn £3,000 in prize money and set up an exciting second qualifying round encounter away to former Conference Premier outfit Barrow AFC.
The Bluebirds – the 2010 FA Trophy winners – now play in the Conference North after their relegation last season.
Chorley are still going strong in the FA Cup after defeating FC United of Manchester 1-0 on Saturday, and they will also travel to Conference North opposition in the next round.
Garry Flitcroft’s side make the trip to Vauxhall Motors.
The second qualifying round ties are scheduled to be played on Saturday, September 28.
Chorley’s weekend Cup victory extended their unbeaten start to the campaign to nine matches in all competitions.
The table-topping Magpies put that record on the line tonight when they travel to third-placed Skelmersdale United (7.45pm) for one of the games of the Evo-Stik Premier League Premier Division season so far.
Padiham, who were knocked out of the FA Cup by Penrith on Saturday, travel to Mossley for a rearranged Doodson Sport Cup preliminary round tie with a 7.45pm kick off.
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