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No fear for Hucknall as unbeaten sides go head to head in Vase showdown

Hucknall Town manager, Andy Graves.
Hucknall Town manager, Andy Graves.

Two sides with proud unbeaten records go head to head in the first round proper of the FA Vase this Saturday when Hucknall Town host West Midlands League Premier Division side Black Country Rangers (3pm).

Black Country play a step higher than the Yellows, but boss Andy Graves said they hold no fear.

“I don’t really know how strong their league is,” he said. “Like us they are unbeaten.

“But they have drawn a few more games than us. I think we have scored more goals and had more clean sheets.

“It is going to be a good game and I hope there is no controversy and the best team wins on the day. We need to enjoy it and not let ourselves down.

“We won’t be over-awed by it. It’s a cup game and anything can happen. “We want to try to progress as far as we can. Obviously there is prize money to add to what we’ve already won, but they will be thinking the same.”

Graves said it had not been easy compiling intelligence on their opponents.

“I had planned to go to watch them when we had no game a couple of Saturdays ago, but I got stranded in Jersey for three days due to bad weather,” he explained.

“But we have seen some stuff on them on the internet and we have had various reports. They are strong and they have got some good strikers.

“I think they are more worries about us. They’ve sent a few people to watch us – and that probably won’t be the side we start with on Saturday.

“They are taking us seriously, but if we perform as well as we have done against teams at higher steps than us in the competition so far and pre-season especially, we’ll be okay.

“If they beat us they will be a very good side to be honest, the way we are playing.”