BISHOP`S STORTFORD REALISTIC ABOUT THEIR CHANCES
Hayes mixing FA Cup magic with realism
MARTIN Hayes is realistic about his team's chances this Saturday, when they take on Nationwide division three side Mansfield Town away in the first round of the FA Cup.
Bishop's Stortford have won three matches to get to this stage and the former Arsenal player knows it will be tough for his side to progress further.
"They will probably create three times as many chances and are expected to win by three or four-nil," he said.
"I want us to give a good account of ourselves and it will be a good experience for young players like Darren Wiltshire, Glen Southam and Gareth Gwillim to go up there and see what it is all about.
"It will be a good test for us to face a professional team and I wish we had the likes of Grant Cooper (suspended) and Alex Riches (injured)."
Defender Aaron Barnett and attacking midfielder Richard Howell also have knocks and are 50-50 to start.
Hayes does not rule out the magic of the FA Cup producing a shock result: "The FA Cup is a funny thing, with small teams beating Conference teams and a side like Vauxhall Motors beating Queens Park Rangers."
The Blues have netted £18,750 prize money from the cup run so far. If they pull off a giantkilling against The Stags they will earn another £12,500.
They also stand to take a share of the gate less expenses.
Four coaches carrying fans are due to leave Woodside Park at 10.30am on Saturday. For more details call Andy Barnes on 07977 909084 as soon as possible.
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