CHRIS Willcock insists Ramsbottom United are not just there 'to make up the numbers' as they prepare to host high-flying Fylde in the last 16 of the FA Trophy.

The Rams are the lowest ranked team left in the competition but Willcock says his side fear no-one having already knocked out two teams from higher leagues.

Fylde, who are three steps higher than the Rams, are currently in fourth place in the National League and in with a shout of promotion to the Football League.

However, Willcock believes the superb 3-1 win at Weymouth in a second round replay has given his team self belief that they can beat anyone.

"I think that win at Weymouth has given all the boys a massive boost," said the Rams boss. "The long trip down to Dorset really galvanised the group. There is a great team spirit among the squad and a real belief that we are capable of beating anyone."

The Rams have already played 10 games in the competition with the last four rounds all going to replays and Willcock says he does not want the adventure to end.

"We are all enjoying this adventure and we are all enjoying testing ourselves against higher calibre teams," he said.

"This is unchartered territory for all of us but we're here on merit and deserve to be in the last 16 of the competition. So we are not here just to make up the numbers."

Willcock would love to see a crowd around the 1,000 mark cram in to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium to help try and make it a day to remember.

He said: "Crowds are up and we've been averaging around 400 and Fylde are sure to bring a few fans so it would be great to get around the mark, get fans all huddled in there and help create a tremendous atmosphere."

Willcock is aware that Fylde will pose their biggest test in the competition so far and says his side will have to get everything right to pull off another cup upset.

"Fylde are a very good team and are having a fantastic season in their division," added Willcock who hopes the game will beat the big freeze. "We have done our homework on them and they have been to watch our last two games.

"So we know we will have to get everything right on the day to stand a chance of winning.

"But while we will respect Fylde, we won't fear Fylde just as we have not feared anyone in this competition."

n Ramsbottom are have announced some rearranged fixtures: Tuesday, February 19: Newcastle Town (a); Tuesday, February 26: Colne (h); Tuesday, March 19: Droylsden (a)