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15th November 2002 15:08

Despite all the talk of a great FA Cup shock, Team Bath manager Ged Roddy, who watched Mansfield's recent 4-2 win over Colchester, is under no illusions as to the task facing his team tomorrow.

There are five divisions between the two teams, who will meet in front of the Sky cameras tomorrow and Roddy, above, is well aware of Stuart Watkiss's side's strengths.

He has already seen his team beat Barnstaple, Backwell United, Bemerton Heath Harlequins, Newport County and Horsham in this year's competition.

He said: "I have watched Mansfield a couple of times and I have got to say that I was hugely impressed.

"Their midfield and forwards were all very good and their passing was excellent. They certainly try to play football the right way.

"We know it is a huge challenge for us, despite people saying we have got a good chance because of Mansfield's position in the league and we are certainly not going into the match with rose-tinted glasses.

"But we are determined to be competitive and we are going to give it our all.

"When we play in the league games, our fitness is our big plus and, when we are playing against part-timers, we expect them to tire before they do.

"Obviously that is not going to be the case when we play Mansfield."

Roddy said his players would be away from college today so that they can prepare for the match.

He said: "The media attention has been great but we want to concentrate on the game.

"But we have done really well to get this far, particularly when you consider the team has only been formed a couple of years.

"It's a mammoth task in front of us and we are under no illusions but, whatever happens tomorrow, they can hold their heads up high."

Source: Evening Post


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