FA CUP: Bourne grateful for FA Cup opportunity

By Steve Sharman:

Defender Troy Bourne says it means a lot to be able to represent the club in the First Round of the FA Cup, as the Dabbers take on Stevenage this weekend.

At 19, Bourne is one of the youngest members of the current squad and having featured heavily at for the team this season, he says Saturday will be great occasion.

He said: “It means a lot to me to be playing in such a big competition in England and it feels great that we’ve been able to accomplish something like reaching the First Round of the FA Cup for the second time in Nantwich’s history.

“The feeling in the dressing room has been very mixed really with some of the results we’ve had and aren’t happy with, but we’ve always got to look forward and be excited for the days ahead.”

A graduate of the youth team, Troy has been involved with the club since the age of 14, and after making the step up to the first team this season, he believes he has settled in well.

“I feel like the season is going well so far with it being my first full season with Nantwich.

“I feel like I’ve fitted in to it quite well and just have to keep going and learning from more senior players in the squad.

“The seasons been a bit up and down really at the moment, obviously with us having a good start to the season and then having a few difficult weeks, with us not getting the results we’ve wanted.

“But we know we can compete in this league and we’ve shown that we can at the start of the season, we just have to stick together and get back to winning ways.”

Bourne was part of the Dabbers’ FA Youth Cup squad in 2014 where the side made the First Round proper, but despite losing 9-0 to Rochdale, the defender reveals his performances in that run saw him first given an opportunity in the first team.

“My earliest FA Cup memory was actually in the FA Youth Cup for the youth team where we made it to the First Round proper but unfortunately got knocked out by a good Rochdale team.

“From the Youth Cup run, Phil Parkinson had the faith to give me a squad number and then last season I made a few appearances.

“Also the help and guidance from the management team at Alsager Town where I was on loan for the most part of last season, and Dave Cooke who has had the faith in me to give me a regular place in this seasons squad and believed that I could make the leap from North West Counties Division to the Evo-Stik.”

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