Woodford: Rams good enough to cause another upset

Ryan Woodford Picture: Neil Marshall
Ryan Woodford Picture: Neil Marshall
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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PETERSFIELD Town captain Ryan Woodford believes there are no limits to what his side can achieve in their record-breaking run in the FA Cup.

The Rams face what is arguably the biggest game in their history to date tomorrow, when they play in the third qualifying round of the world’s most famous cup competition – the furthest stage they have ever reached.

National League South division outfit St Albans City are the visitors to Love Lane for the 3pm kick-off.

And hopes are high in the Petersfield camp that they can spring another cup surprise – after already knocking out Southern League premier division sides Weymouth and Cirencester Town this season.

A win tomorrow will put them into the fourth qualifying round, where National League clubs like Aldershot Town come into the competition.

Victory there would then put the Rams in the hat for the first round proper – where a lucrative tie against a League One or League Two side could await them.

Woodford aims to use the heartache of having to miss out on playing in the last round against Cirencester Town because of suspension to spur on his performance and lead Petersfield to another famous victory.

The midfielder said: ‘After scoring against Moneyfields and then helping us to beat Weymouth as well, I was devastated to be suspended for the Cirencester match.

‘But playing the role I do for the club, it’s natural for me to pick up bookings – just maybe not as quickly as I have done so far this season.

‘In terms of the FA Cup, we’ve been superb and to take this club to the furthest position we’ve ever been has been fantastic for everyone involved.

‘I think we’re more than good enough to handle St Albans.

‘And as a group of players, we’re not fazed by bigger teams or concerned by what they do or who plays for them.

‘In my opinion, I think there are no limits to what 
we can achieve in the FA Cup.’

St Albans City currently sit third from bottom in the National League South table, having taken only nine points from their opening 12 league matches.

The Rams, though, remain second from bottom in the Southern League division one central table after losing at home to Ware 3-2 on Wednesday evening.