TONY CARSS today underlined the determination in Town's squad to score a first FA Cup win of the new Peter Jackson era.
Carss is all set to continue at left wing-back against Stockport in Saturday's first round clash at Edgeley Park, providing he responds to treatment for a back niggle.
He believes it will be a stern test of Town's resolve, despite Stockport languishing at the bottom of the Coca-Cola League I table and already having lost 3-2 at home to the Galpharm side on the opening day of the season.
Edgeley coach Mark Lillis has promised a battle for his former club and Carss, who opened Town's account in that League victory, believes Town will have to be at their best to go through.
"We know not to take Stockport lightly because the FA Cup is very different to any other competition, as we found to our cost at Accrington last season," said Carss, who missed that 1-0 defeat in Lancashire.
"It will probably be refreshing for Stockport not to be chasing League points, being a break from their struggle to get off the foot of the table, and we will have to be `up' for the task.
"If we play like we can, then I'm sure we'll get the result we want and it will be great to have the backing of a lot of travelling fans once again."
More than 1,000 have already bought tickets for the cross-Pennine derby and Carss added:
"We are desperately keen to have a run in the FA Cup this time.
"When we did well in the Carling Cup last season, after the home win against Derby our big ties against Sunderland and Reading were away from home.
"It would be great this season to get through to the third round at least and, hopefully, draw one of the big Premiership clubs at the Galpharm.
"The way we are supported at home, we would probably get a full house and that would be great for the fans and for the squad as well.
"It will be great at Stockport to have so many of our supporters so close to the pitch and it wouldn't surprise me if there were as many of our fans as there are of theirs."
A number of players were aiming to press their Cup claims in the Reserves at Notts County today.
John McCombe, Nat Brown and Anthony Lloyd - replaced by Carss against Brentford - were all named in defence, while Lee Fowler was alongside Adnan Ahmed in midfield with John McAliskey up front.
Town Juniors, meanwhile, beat Rochdale 2-1 in the FA Youth Cup.