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Reid targets run in FA Cup
SHAUN Reid is dreaming of an FA Cup run with Warrington Town this season, but insists his side will be taking nothing for granted against lower-ranked Winsford United this Saturday.
Town welcome the North West Counties League Premier Division outfit to the HG Driver Recruitment Stadium in the competition’s preliminary round, when a home date against Wakefield or New Mills – plus a cash reward of £1,950 – is the prize on offer to the victors.
The Yellows boss, who watched Winsford concede an injury time goal in a 2-1 home defeat against Abbey Hey on Tuesday, has warned his players against taking it easy.
He said: “There’s no chance we’ll be complacent.
“If their 11 work harder than ours then they’ll win, but it’s my job to make sure we match them. If we do, I expect us to win.
“We have to earn that right though, and we’ll be prepared for how they play. I’m looking forward to it.
“The FA Cup is always good for the supporters, particularly if you can progress to play a Football League side.”
This weekend’s match marks Reid’s return from a four-match touchline ban imposed following an altercation with a match official last season.
It also follows back-to-back victories for Town in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League against Ramsbottom United and then Northwich Victoria.
“Northwich are a big club, but we more than matched them and deserved to win,” he added.
“It was good to see BenWharton score twice, while [goalkeeper] Craig Dootson had a great game too.
“The team is taking shape and gelling – everyone chipped in, it was really pleasing.
“To take six points from four tough games means we have now set ourselves a standard.”
Reid was delighted with the performance of debutant David Thompson in defence on Monday, and expects Liam Dawson – Town’s match-winner on Saturday – to recover from the severe blisters that forced him to sit out Monday’s encounter.
The Town boss may make changes against Blues on Saturday, kick off 3pm.
“It’s difficult getting left out,” he said.
“You can’t have 20 happy players all the time, but they’re showing maturity and togetherness.”
If the game ends in a draw, then Warrington will travel to Winsford on Tuesday night for a replay.
Should there be a decisive result this weekend, then Town will instead host New Mills – victors in three of their four matches so far – in Division One North the same night, kick off 7.45pm.
That is, of course, if New Mills avoid a tie with Wakefield in their FA Cup encounter.
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