Braintree boss looking forward to FA Cup

Braintree Town boss Robbie Garvey is looking forward to sampling the magic of the FA Cup.

CHELMSFORD City manager Glenn Pennyfather has warned his squad to guard against complacency as they pay a visit to Essex Senior League outfit Enfield 1893 in the FA Cup today.

The Clarets play three steps higher then their hosts in the Blue Square South, but Pennyfather knows that anything can happen in knock-out football.

“I can't stress enough how important it is for us to apply ourselves as we all want a cup run,” he said ahead of the second qualifying round tie

“We will prepare as normal and we've done our usual homework on the opposition and they will be given the utmost respect.

“It will be a tough game as they have nothing to lose and we can go into the match thinking we just have to turn-up.”

Pennyfather has a virtually full strength squad to pick from today as left-back Michael Haswell has recovered from a bang to the head sustained during last week's encounter at Eastleigh

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Ollie Berquez and Simon Glover remain long-term absentees, however, the latter was given the all-clear to resume non-contact training this week, enabling him to work on his fitness. Berquez is still three weeks away from seeing a specialist for an update on how his broken foot bone is healing.

Meanwhile, fellow Blue Square South side Braintree Town face what should be a much sterner FA Cup test when they host league rivals Hampton & Richmond.

Iron boss Robbie Garvey will have a near full strength squad to pick from as Ryan Moran, Mark Jones and Sean Marks all trained on Thursday and came through with no effects.

“I'm pleased to have been drawn at home but with so many sides in the draw it's a shame that two Blue Square sides have been drawn together,” said Garvey.

“I know they knocked us out of the competition at the same stage two years ago and we'll be doing our best to balance that up. It will be good to take a break from the league matches and enjoy the magic of the FA Cup.”

Heybridge Swifts are another Essex club in FA Cup action today. The Ryman League Division One North side host a St Albans City side that play two steps higher in the Blue Square South.

Should Wayne Bond's side pull of a cup upset they will travel to league rivals Lowestoft Town in the next round.

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