Brighouse Town boss Paul Quinn says his team have plenty of respect for Stockport County – but certainly don’t fear facing the former Football League club.
Stockport, now of the Skrill Conference North, host the Northern Counties East League Premier Division side in the second round qualifying of the FA Cup tomorrow.
Quinn’s dad Gerry, who took the original Emley to the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in 1991, watched Stockport at Stalybridge last Saturday.
While Brighouse have won four games running, County are without a victory in three, and Quinn said: “Whatever your level, winning is a habit, and hopefully not winning is too.”
Quinn reckons the postponement of Tuesday’s scheduled league clash with Parkgate, who were involved in an FA Vase replay, was a plus.
“A couple of my players had little niggles which we have been able to treat, and we’ve had two good training sessions,” he explained.
“We’ll go there with a fully fit squad and a determination to do ourselves justice, and of course we would love to cause an upset.
“We know it’s going to be tough, but we played both Halifax and Guiseley in pre-season, so we know what we're up against.”
Brighouse are hoping for a bumper following, swelled by fans of Huddersfield Town, who play Blackpool at home tonight.
Stockport’s squad includes former Huddersfield pair Phil Jevons and Ian Craney.
“It’s the furthest the club have ever got in the FA Cup, and this game certainly seems to have created a lot of interest,” said Quinn.
“Stockport might have slipped in terms of the level they are playing at, but they still command a big support, so we need all the fans we can muster.”