In the build up of the up-and-coming Emirates FA Cup First Round Proper fixture this weekend at the Weaver Stadium, youngster Troy Bourne is relishing the opportunity to play in his second First Round Proper appearance at just twenty-one years of age as a graduate of the Nantwich Town academy.

After a tough start to the season on the sidelines, Bourne jumped on the opportunity to play by scoring in his first start of the 2019/20 campaign. His goal was the only goal in a tense 1-0 victory against Vanarama National League North high-flyers, King’s Lynn Town, which put the Dabbers in the hat for the FA Cup First Round.

“It’s great for me to be back in the starting eleven, and to score a goal in my first game back is an indescribable feeling, I didn’t know what to do with myself!”

The defender is looking forward to the prospect of showcasing the team’s footballing ability in front of what is sure to be a very busy stadium this weekend.

“Playing in front of a packed Weaver Stadium will be brilliant. It will bring the community together and is a great chance to showcase what we’re about as a club”

Vanarama National League side, AFC Fylde will be hoping to to cancel out any chance of the Dabbers booking their first ever appearance in the Second Round Proper, with Bourne and the rest of the squad fully aware of their quality. However, Bourne is excited for the opportunity for a potential cup upset against the Coasters.

“We all know it’s going to be tough playing against a team like Fylde, but it won’t stop us giving our all and also giving them a run for their money.”

Bourne believes the Dabbers should not be written off this weekend. A victory would mean the Dabbers have made it through to the Second Round for the first time in the clubs history.

“We have every chance of making it through to the second round, and from our performances in previous rounds we have every chance of doing so”

You can see Troy Bourne and the Dabbers in action this weekend as they host Vanarama National League outfit AFC Fylde in the First Round Proper of the Emirates FA Cup. It will be the first time the Dabbers host a First Round Proper clash – and admission is priced at £11 for adults, £8 for concessions and £3 for U16s, who are free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

Supporters are reminded that the game is neither segregated nor all-ticket, so to guarantee a seat in the Optimum Pay Group Main Stand, you are urged to arrive to the ground as early as possible as the club are expecting a large gate.