Miles Rutherford admits he is eager to extend Moneyfields’ FA Cup dream – as The News continues our Road to Wembley feature.
Moneys beat higher-league opponents Gosport Borough 2-1 in the previous round to become our chosen side to follow.
If they want it to remain that way in the next stage, they have to get through a trip to Isthmian League division one south outfit Godalming Town in the first qualifying round.
While the gap between the sides is the equivalent of just one division, Godalming have made an impressive start to the new campaign, with four wins out of six so far in the league.
But Moneyfields boss Rutherford insists there is no reason why his men cannot continue their march.
He said: ‘If we go there with the right attitude, we’ve got a chance. Godalming are apparently a lot better side than they were last season and their results are showing that.
‘They will be confident of turning us over but we have nothing to lose. We’d love to get into that next round when the Conference South teams come in, but it’s a very hard game for us and we’ll be the underdogs again.
‘We’re just seeing how far we can go. Sooner or later the dream will become a reality but it’s good while it lasts.’
The youthful Wessex League premier division outfit edged past Gosport at Dover Road with a performance based on energy and commitment.
And while the experienced Graham Gee is back in the frame, Rutherford would have no qualms in trusting his youngsters to step up to the mark again.
He said: ‘I’m quite happy to go with the youngsters.
‘I’m still missing a few players but they’ve all done well for me this season.
‘Even if I had everyone fit, it wouldn’t mean they would all come back into the side.’
But after enjoying their win in the last round, Rutherford is keen to ensure it is not a one-off.
He said: ‘Gosport keep getting it rammed down their throats that they were beaten by Moneyfields and people keep mentioning it to me.
‘But it’s gone and we’ve got to concentrate on what is ahead of us now.’