FA CUP: Bourne urges Dabbers to stay professional

By Ryan Batty:

Dabbers defender Troy Bourne has urged his Nantwich Town teammates to stay thoroughly professional as they host Worksop Town of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division this weekend in the FA Cup First Round Qualifying stage.

Bourne, who started for Dave Cooke’s side in the First Round Proper stage last season when they travelled to the Lamex Stadium where they fell to a 5-0 defeat to Stevenage.

Ahead of the start of this season’s Cup campaign, Bourne believes that a win on Saturday could kickstart the Dabbers’ campaign after a mixed start to the season.

“I feel like it will help the lads a lot, we all know how it felt to be a part of such a good FA Cup run last season.

“A win on Saturday could spur us on to start getting better results than we have had in our last few games.”

The run that Nantwich embarked on last season saw them reach the First Round Proper for only the second time in their history. Troy believes the experience will aid the lads this season.

“I feel like when we were in the cup last year, we knew how much it meant for the fans and for ourselves as a club.

“You could see us growing as a team, becoming more confident after each round, so I feel like the way last year’s run felt will make us want to go on and perhaps better it this time around.”

However, in the latter stages of last year’s cup run, Troy doesn’t think that the feeling was different between those ties and Nantwich’s bread-and-butter of the league.

“I don’t think it did feel much different to league games when we got to the later stages, because we’d already gained so much confidence.

“We became stronger as a team, and we started performing in the league games as if it was the FA Cup.”

The Dabbers now look ahead to the weekend to play Worksop Town, and Troy believes the lads will have to stay professional throughout to avoid the dreaded fear of complacency.

“I feel like no matter what level you’re at there’s always a bit of complacency, but as a team, we need to stay professional and get the job done.

“You always see teams at much higher levels be complacent and get turned over by a so-called ‘underdog’.

“We need to ensure we stay professional and get the result we want.”

The Dabbers host Worksop at the Weaver Stadium this Saturday, with admission prices of £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £1 for U16s.

Make sure you’re there to cheer on Troy and the boys through to the Second Qualifying Round!

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