CHRIS BRANDON reckons Welling United will be pumped up to cause a Cup shock against Town - and he should know!
The 29-year-old played in his share of FA Cup-ties as a non-league player with Bradford Park Avenue and knows exactly what the Conference South opposition will be thinking about Sunday's opportunity.
Brandon is confident Town will emerge victorious in the 1pm first-round kick-off and go through to December's second phase, but he accepts it won't be without a lot of hard work against a Welling side with Shearer and Owen in their line-up (Lee and Rob, not Alan and Michael!).
"Coming to the Galpharm is Welling's big day out, just like it would be for any non-League side going to a league club," said Brandon, pictured, who notched his second goal of the season to rescue last week's 1-1 draw against Swindon.
"They will be viewing it as a great occasion for their club, but it's up to us to spoil it for them from as early on in the contest as we can.
"Welling will be pumped up for it, make no mistake about that. I've played in these games as a non-League player and, to be honest, the higher League opposition are on a hiding to nothing. "We know they are going well in the Conference South, they had a good win last weekend and they've got a sprinkling of ex-League players in their line-up, so they will be wanting to do well.
"They will thrive on the big stage and be eager to do well, so it's up to us to get on top as soon as we can to take the wind out of their sails.
"It won't be easy and we shouldn't expect it to be, but it's a chance for us to put last week's off-day performance behind us and get a good result."
Brandon expects Welling to play a similar game to Swindon, packing men behind the ball and trying to frustrate Town for as long as they can.
"It wasn't a nice feeling when things didn't go our way last weekend," he said.
"We needed the three points but too many of us were off our game for whatever reason.
"All the lads were gutted about it, but I suppose we are going to have to expect teams coming here and putting up the shutters like that - putting men behind the ball and then breaking when they can.
"If Welling do it, then we are just going to have to work hard to break them down and we know we are capable of creating chances against any opposition."
Brandon has now recovered from the cramp which forced him off against Swindon in what was his first start for three matches after an ankle injury.
"I've had problems with cramp a few times in the past but it hasn't affected me for a while," he said.
"I think the problem was with me drinking too much water.
"I was doing the right thing to rehydrate myself but, at the same time, flushing all the salt out of my system. I've got on top of the problem by drinking more isotonic fluids and Powerade and it hasn't been bothering me, but last week I felt it coming on and, when I went down at the edge of the box, my muscle had completely seized up with cramp and there was no way I could have carried on."
Town - Rachubka, Holdsworth, Adams, Mirfin, N Clarke, Brandon, Worthington, Hudson, Schofield, Carss, Booth, Abbott, Taylor-Fletcher, Collins, McCombe, Young, Hardy, T Clarke, Senior.
Welling United - Turner, Lee, Solomon, Owen, C Moore, Shearer, Bodkin, Kedwell, Clarke, Stadhart, Day, D Moore, Ibrahim, Carruthers, Green, Lawson, Gledhill, Perkins, Pinnock.
Referee - Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire).