Wanderers hero Mackenzie gunning for more FA Cup glory

A Matt McKenzie effort is saved by Conor Gouch late in the Ipswich Wanderers V Canvey Island (FA Cup

A Matt McKenzie effort is saved by Conor Gouch late in the Ipswich Wanderers V Canvey Island (FA Cup) match at Humber Doucy Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK on 12 September 2015 Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Man-of-the-moment Matt Mackenzie is looking to hunt down yet more Ryman Premier Division opposition tomorrow afternoon.

Ipswich Wanderers travel to Enfield Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup (kick-off 3pm), hoping to claim another higher-level scalp in the competition.

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division outfit Wanderers turned in a excellent performance a fortnight ago to stun Canvey Island, also of the Ryman Premier Division, with Mackenzie scoring the only goal of the game in one of the shocks of the round.

The talented forward player knows Wanderers will have to perform even better tomorrow to repeat the trick.

“We need a similar performance!” admitted the winger.

“We need to defend really well, like we did last time, and to also have a bit of luck.

“They (Canvey) battered us in terms of possession, but we stuck at it.”

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While many of Wanderers’ players and fans will have never experienced the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium, the surroundings will be familiar to Mackenzie after playing there for Felixstowe & Walton in the same competition last season.

“We would have preferred a home tie, but you never know – this is the FA Cup after all,” he continued.

“I played there last year, and it’s a tough place to go.

“Their fans get on your back quite a lot, and make it difficult for you to play in front of.”

Difficult indeed as the 5-0 scoreline in favour of Enfield against the Seasiders read – something Mackenzie is eager to avoid again.

“They dominated us (Felixstowe), and it was a very difficult game – I definitely do not want a repeat of that or to feel like that again.”

Having made his name in the competition in the last round, Mackenzie is keen to have another positive influence tomorrow.

“That goal (against Canvey) still repeats in my mind,” he said.

“It’s probably the best thing that’s happened in my career so far.

“But I don’t want it to end there, I want to do it again, and for us to carry on this incredible run.”

Wanderers have progressed through three rounds of the FA Cup so far, earning a valuable £6,425 en route.

Victory tomorrow would see the club accumulate an additional £4,500, although Mackenzie admits Wanderers will have to dramatically improve their performance levels to do so after recent back-to-back league defeats.

Two-one losers to Felixstowe & Walton just three days after their Canvey exploits, Wanderers fell to a heavy 5-1 defeat at Godmanchester Rovers last Saturday.

“In both games, we’ve been caught in a bit of an FA Cup hangover,” admitted Mackenzie.

“We did not play very well at all at Godmanchester, and I suppose it is bad preparation for such a big game.

“But then again, the league and the FA Cup are completely different.

“We know we need to get back on track in the league, but we have momentum in the Cup and we don’t want it to stop.

“I’m feeling fit and we are going there to see what we can do. We had a good two-and-a-half hour training session on Wednesday and we are raring to go.”

Wanderers are not the only Thurlow Nunn Premier Division club competing in the FA Cup tomorrow afternoon.

Kirkley & Pakefield take on Hitchin Town, Mildenhall travel to Hanwell, and Stanway host Staines.

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