05:32PM, Wednesday 18 September 2019
Flackwell Heath boss Marcus Richardson doesn't think there's the same 'massive gulf' between step 2 and step 5 as his side prepares for this weekend's FA Cup clash with Slough Town at Wilks Park.
Slough, who've made it to the second round proper of the competition for the last two seasons, will be massive favourites for the clash, but Richardson - whose side put out Sutton Athletic in last week's replay - says it's only '11 human beings against 11 human beings'.
"It's a big game but we'll look to continue what we've been producing and give a good account of ourselves," said Richardson.
"They might be three levels above us but I'm not going to say we've got no chance. Anything could happen. Let's be honest it's 11 human beings against 11 human beings and it will come down to who wants it more on the day.
"But we'll be massive underdogs and we know that."
Dan Roberts, who played most of last season for Windsor FC in Flackwell's league, has been leading the line for the Rebels this season, while their squad also boasts former Heathens players Francis Amartey and Ben Harris.
"In the past I'd have said there was a massive gulf between the two levels," said Richardson. "But there are a number of players who've gone between the two levels and done well like Dan Roberts, Francis Amartey and Ben Harris. It's up to our players to give a good account of ourselves and I believe in what we've got."
Flackwell warmed up for the clash with a 2-1 win over Raunds Town in the FA Vase last weekend and have been going well in both league and cup. However, the Rebels are on their own eight game unbeaten run and will fancy their chances of rolling over the Heathens on Saturday.
Jack Taylor's rocket in the 87th minute won it for the visitors after Khalid Simmo had fired them in front in the first half.
Richardson added: "We gave Raunds a battering to be honest. We could have scored five or six in the first half but their goalkeeper played well and was equal to us.
"I said to them at 1-0 that we needed to put the game to bed but they managed to get a goal with their only shot and that gave them confidence. We had 80 per cent possession or something like that but we needed a thunderbolt from Jack Taylor to win it for us."
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