U’s preparing for Supermarine scouting mission

COLCHESTER United manager John Ward says his side won’t take non-league outfit Swindon Supermarine for granted in the second round of the FA Cup.

The U’s couldn’t have asked for a better draw on Sunday lunchtime as they were handed a home tie against one of just seven non-league sides that sealed progress over the weekend.

The Wiltshire outfit were only formed in 1992, play their football at Step Three of the non-league pyramid (Zamaretto League Premier Division) and have already had to win through five rounds to get to this stage of the competition.

High-flying League One outfit Colchester will therefore be short odds favourites to progress to the third round, but Ward says there will be no room for complacency.

“First of all I am really pleased it’s a home draw,” said Ward, whose opponents won 2-1 at home to another non-league team, Eastwood Town, to reach the second round of the competition.

“I don’t know a lot about Swindon Supermarine, but we’ll certainly find out a lot about them over the next few weeks.

“People are always looking for upsets in the FA Cup, but that could have happened to us yesterday with us playing a League Two club (Bradford City).

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“We will give them every respect they deserve. My players want the same thing as me, the chance to get a plum tie against a big club in the third round.”

Colchester travel to Swindon Town on Saturday for a League One match, however any Swindon Supermarine scouting mission would have to take place in Worcestershire as the non-league outfit are playing at Evesham United.

Reflecting on Saturday’s 4-3 home victory over Bradford in the first round, Ward said: “Bradford worked hard and made it difficult for us, so full credit to them.

“They came into this match with four wins from five, they have a lot of experience about their team and have an excellent manager (Peter Taylor), so I’m absolutely delighted to have won the game.

“It was a typical FA Cup tie and although it’s disappointing to concede three, I’d rather focus on the fact that we’ve scored four.

“Football is played by people and people make mistakes. You just hope that your players make less mistakes than other team’s players over a period of time.

“I’m disappointed to concede three goals, but I’m sure Peter (Taylor) will be disappointed to have let in four.

“We’ve won our last four games now so it would be churlish of me to start grumbling too much.

“I hope the supporters have gone home having enjoyed it. We’ve had some good games here lately and all we can do is keep trying to entertain and win.”

FA Cup second round ties will be played on the weekend of November 27/28, with Premier League and Championship clubs entering the competition at the third round stage.

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