Braintree Town will pocket further �18,000 with Tranmere win

WHILE victory on Sunday would represent Iron’s biggest-ever scalp, chairman Lee Harding insists Braintree Town’s priorities remain in Blue Square Bet Premier.

Town are potentially 90 minutes away from a cool �18,000 prize-money and a place in the Second Round of the FA Cup with League One leaders Tranmere Rovers standing in their way of progress.

Harding is confident Alan Devonshire’s side, can cause a major upset and come within touching distance of the third round.

However, he insists Town’s “bread and “butter remains in the league.

“While Sunday will be a great occasion, our bread and butter is league football and winning the Ryman League and the Conference South were more important,” said Harding.

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“Those victories show that we have made progress up the league and from our point of view, we are not playiung Maldon and Redbridge anymore but, instead, we are facing the likes of Luton and Stockport.”

Despite Harding’s realism, the chairman would not be averse to an extended Cup run.

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“I think we can give them a game, especially when you look at their recent record, having lost two and drawn one,” he said.

“You don’t get to the top of the league through luck but I hope we can make it (Tranmere’s recent record) worse for them.

“Our lads sometimes find it tough to raise their game against some of the less glamorous sides in the league but they have proved they can go to places like Luton and come away with a 3-2 win.”

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