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Pinch me! We're off to Chester!

Hungerford ready to chase giant-killing feat against non-league giants

Malcolm Howe

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Pinch me! We're off to Chester!

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HUNGERFORD TOWN manager Bobby Wilkinson has confessed to having to ‘pinch himself’ as his side heads for Chester in the FA Trophy’s second round on Saturday.

Since Hungerford pulled a plum draw out of the hat, the manager has been playing down the tie with league commitments paramount, but has now unveiled his true feelings.

“I wanted to keep it low key,” he said, “but I’m bursting about it really.

“I’m pinching myself that we’re going to Chester in the Trophy and the boys are buzzing, the atmosphere is great and we’re going to go up there and we believe we can win.”

That will be no easy task against a Vanarama National League Chester side managed by the experienced Steve Burr and packed with players with league experience, including Wayne Rooney’s younger brother John.

“We go there without a chance in most people’s eyes,” said Wilkinson, “but we’ve done a lot of work on them and we’re ready.

“This is the biggest game in the club’s history and I want everyone to go up there and have some fun.”

Chester manager Steve Burr is treating Saturday’s visitors the same as any of the full-time non-league giants his team faces week-in and week-out.

“We’ve done our homework,” he said, “they’ve got a mixture of young lads and experienced lads and we know they are having a good season.

“Their manager Bobby has done a great job and I’m sure he will be really keen to move on with them.

“Their manager has done a great job and we will treat them as we would any team in the league and we’ll be prepared.”

Hungerford’s main injury worry concerns winger Alan O’Brien’s hamstring injury, but otherwise the squad is at full strength and will travelling north on Friday to prepare for the tie.

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