“We will respect Solihull and the quality they have, but we will look to stay in the game and see where it takes us”
The countdown continues to our Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying round tie on Saturday, away to National League side Solihull Moors. The winners will their place in the draw for the First Round proper, something Ossett Town have been trying to do since their first FA Cup appearance way back in 1938!
Solihull are without a win in eight games and recently changed their manager, his first game in charge was last weekend, a 2-1 defeat to Hartlepool United. The two sides have met in cup competitions before, a 2-2 draw at Solihull in the FA Trophy meant a replay at Ingfield which ended up with a 1-0 victory for the visitors.
Grant Black has a number of squad concerns ahead of the game with both Sam Wright and Seon Ripley facing late fitness tests on hamstring injuries and cannot call on either Danny South or Jordan Deacey who are both cup tied.
“We have had Solihull watched, so know what they are about” says Black “I’m really looking forward to the game and having a chance to see if our players can compete at that level. We will respect Solihull and the quality they have, but we will look to stay in the game and see where it takes us”.
Assistant manager Steve Ridley, who has progressed to the First Round alongside Black at Buxton says “the Cup means a lot to me, there is always a different atmosphere when playing and when you draw, and beat, a bigger team there is no better feeling”.
The side will train on Thursday evening ahead of the game, Black adds “we will work on a few things to give us the best chance to get a result, we have over 100 fans going with is great. I am glad the town are getting behind what is a great achievement from the players who will be excited for the game. Let’s see if we can take it one step further”.
Martin Pembleton, who returned from injury in the week, is confident and believes in his team mates “The mind-set is always to win the next game. But going into this one, especially with playing a team from a higher level, we will aim to stay in the game as long as possible”.
“It is important we keep our shape and make sure we do the things were good at. We know when we are on our game we can give anybody a run for their money”.
Whatever the outcome against a side three divisions higher the club can take a lot of confidence from this FA Cup run that can be used in when we return to Evo-Stik North action and look to use the games in hand to climb up the table.
Updated 11:31 - 12 Oct 2017 by Neil Spofforth