2 March 2024
Andy Woodman guided the Ravens to Isuzu FA Trophy glory in 2022 and now he’s adding the final touches to preparations ahead of today’s visit of National League South side Slough Town as our 2023/24 campaign begins.
Since that day under the arch, the Ravens were knocked out by sixth tier opposition at this stage last season in the form of Bath City and the boss is doing everything to avoid a repeat.
“I think it’s very easy in these early rounds to not focus on the end goal. We did it when we went to Dover in the season we won the competition.
“We’ve had that experience of winning at Wembley and the feeling of that day. It’s still fresh in our memories, but we’ve also got Bath City away fresh in our memories too.
“We’ve got to make sure we focus on Slough. It’s going to be a very tough game, but we’ve learnt from last season that we can’t take lower oppositions lightly.
“Slough took Grimsby, who are in League Two, to an FA Cup replay a few weeks ago so we must treat them with the respect they deserve.
“They’ll be coming here wanting to beat us and we need to make sure we prepare professionally which we have done.”
The Ravens go into Saturday’s game off the back of a 1-0 win over Rochdale as they sit second in the National League.
There is a positive feeling amongst the camp and the boss was pleased to look back on a ‘clear week’.
“It’s been a really good week for us. The lads are in good spirits and we’re all looking forward to the tie.
“I won’t be looking at rotating the squad this weekend. In the past, I’ve put younger players in, but I’ll be happy to go on record and say that we want to keep the momentum going. We don’t want to break the run of winning football matches.
“Whatever game we’re playing in, whether it’s the league or cup, we need that momentum of winning so I’ll be putting out the best possible team that’s available for me.”
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