Moneyfields bidding to create FA Trophy history

Moneyfields are aiming to create history by reaching the first round proper of the FA Trophy for the first time.

Thursday, 29th October 2020, 1:45 pm
Connor Hoare, right, is back in the Moneyfields squad for this weekend's FA Trophy home tie with Kidlington. Picture: Duncan Shepherd

If they are to achieve the feat, they have to see off Southern League Division One Central visitors Kidlington at Dover Road (3pm).

Home manager Dave Carter believes his side are fired up for the challenge.

'The players have had a two-week break and should be recharged and ready to go,' he declared.

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'So far the draw has been smiling on us because this is our second successive home tie.

'We had a good win against Basingstoke Town in the last round.

'Kidlington play at the same level as us, only in a different section.

'We have not come across them before so don't know exactly what to expect.

'They are doing quite well in their league and as a Southern league side we know that they will have a bit about them.

'We will give them the respect needed.

'To go further in the competition than ever before is a great incentive for us.

'It would be great to reach the next round where some of the bigger teams come in.'

Connor Hoare is back in contention after recovering from a broken arm, having had a couple of reserve run-outs in the Hampshire Premier League, and George Barker is back to full fitness.

Tyler Giddings isn't available after joining Horndean on a month's loan in order to boost his match fitness.

Carter believes his side possess the quality to progress.

'We have got good firepower going forward,' he said.

'Our front two Steve Hutchings and Kieran Roberts are forging a good partnership.

'Having George Barker fully fit also makes a difference.

'At the back we have started to cut out the silly mistakes that cost us at the start of the season.

'We brought in six or seven new players in pre-season and it has taken a little while to find our shape.

'It is up to us to make the most of home advantage.

'The competition is important as it can bring extra finance into the club.

'The only downside is that you can fall behind with league matches.

'Already we are four games behind some teams and we have a busy time ahead.

'We will be playing twice a week for the next couple of months.'

Moneyfields banked £3,000 for beating Basingstoke in the last round and will pick up another £3,750 if they oust Kidlington.

The Oxfordshire club are currently 10th in their division after winning two, drawing three and losing once so far.

Both of their wins were on the road - 3-1 at rock bottom Biggleswade and 3-0 at third-bottom Didcot.

They conceded an 88th minute equaliser to draw 2-2 at Kempson Rovers on Tuesday.