Bignot Hoping For Emirates FA Cup Boost

Stourbridge come to Nethermoor on Saturday in the fourth qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup just one tie away from the EFL teams entering the competition, kick-off is at 3pm.

The Lions progressed to the last qualifying round with wins over Staveley Miners Welfare and Cleethorpes Town with the Lincolnshire based side forcing a replay at Nethermoor.

The Glassboys have knocked out Highgate United and two Vanarama National League North teams in Leamington and Kidderminster Harriers to get to the fourth qualifying round.

Managed by Gary Hackett Stourbridge are currently second in the Evo-Stik South Premier Division Central having won all of their last six games and without defeat since 25th August.

The Lions however have only tasted defeat once in that time too and returned to winning ways in the league on Saturday with Assistant Manager Paul Clayton bagging a late winner against Brackley Town.

Joint First Team Manager Marcus Bignot spoke of the win “The wind was awful, it has played a massive part in two of the goals, their equaliser and our winner. I am glad the wind played a part in us getting that winner! I am absolutely delighted for the football club, the staff and most importantly the players and the supporters.”

“If you look at Brackley there are some serial winners in there, they are coming off the back of a season where they lost the Play Off Final but won the Buildbase FA Trophy Final at Wembley.”

“Today was a good gauge of where we are at, if you look at the players we are introducing into games to get fitness, those who are still missing, it bodes well and there are loads of positive signs for this group going forward.”

Speaking of Saturday’s well worked opening goal from Kingsley James Marcus enthused “We have been trying to incorporate that, I am sure the supporters will agree the playing style is completely different from last season. That first goal, its really positive and pleasing to see, the patterns and movement we have been working on.”

“Kingsley is on fire isn’t he! That was a really pleasing goal.”

Finally when asked about the Emirates FA Cup Marcus said “With it being Non League Day hopefully there have been a few new supporters who have seen the way we are trying to go about it on and off the ball, hopefully they come back with our loyal supporters who are here week in, week out.”

“We can keep dreaming, it is the fourth qualifying round. We are one win away from the first round, Sunderland are probably the pick of the draw.”

“I want to get to the third round, it would be a dream if we could take Guiseley to take on Pep, Mourinho, whoever bring them on, we are ready!”

Speaking of his late winner Paul Clayton said “It is nice to come off of the bench and grab the winner, it was a great performance.”

Looking at Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup game with Stourbridge Clayton stated “It is great for the players, when you look through your career when it is all said and done 90% of those memories are from the FA Cup. I can look back at mine and I want to create some more memories, long may it continue.”

Season Tickets are not valid for Saturday’s fixture with tickets available on the turnstiles priced at £13 adults, £9 concessions, £5 U18’s and £1 accompanied U11’s.

The 50/50 Matchday Cash Draw is back on Saturday – get your ticket for just £1!