PREVIEW: Loughborough Dynamo vs Heather St Johns

PREVIEW: Loughborough Dynamo vs Heather St Johns

By Kieran King
6th September
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Dynamo in FA Cup action

Loughborough Dynamo will be looking to progress to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup when they host Heather St Johns on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Dynamo beat Sherwood Colliery on Tuesday night to reach the First Qualifying Round. Ryan Robbins’ first-half strike proved to be the difference between the two teams in a closely-fought encounter at Debdale Park.

That was the 31-year-old’s third goal in three matches since returning from suspension at the end of August.

It was also Dynamo’s first clean sheet in eight matches after failing to record a shut-out since The Moes’ 2-0 win against Frickley Athletic back in April.

Dynamo have only got past this stage of the competition just twice in their 14 FA Cup campaign's to date.

Last meeting:

Loughborough last faced St Johns back in 2012 as they edged a five-goal thriller in the Westerby Cup Semi-Final.

Team news:

Lee Attenborough will be without Alex Steadman and Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson is a doubt for the clash, whilst Josh Riley is available for the first time this season.

On the opposition:

Heather have had a good start to 2019/20 campaign. The Saints are unbeaten in their last eight games in all competitions having won six of those.

Jason Lanns’ side sit in third position in the Midland Football League – four points behind Sporting Khalsa at the top of the division.

After beating Wolverhampton Sporting Community [Extra Preliminary] and Worcester City in the previous round, this is the furthest Heather have got in the FA Cup in their 70-year history.

Kieron Clark, who is poised to be The Saints' dangerman, has scored seven goals this season, including netting the winner in his side’s victory over Worcester just under two weeks ago.

Gaffer’s thoughts:

Dynamo manager Lee Attenborough is expecting Heather to be a ‘good side’ and he wants his players to make sure they’re focused for the test.

“There’s not an awful lot of time to prepare [after beating Sherwood],” the 29-year-old said.

“There’s not a lot of time to go and watch them – see what they’re about. We know that any team at this stage are going to be difficult.

“I think they’re top of the league below and beat Worcester in the last round so I’m expecting them to be a good side. And we’ll make sure that we’re focused and that we don’t take anything for granted. Obviously try and work our way to the next round.”

He added: “There’s often quite direct teams in the league below. But then when people come to our place and see the pitch, they like to get it down and play.

“So even when we got and watch teams and scout them – they often come to our place and play a completely different style of football anyway.

“So what we’ll look to do is just do what we’re good at. Look to try and get after them. Look to try and move the ball quickly, get in dangerous areas and let our wide lads and our forwards do the talking for us.”

Admission prices:

You can gain admission to the ADT Stadium with these prices as follows. Adults: £8, Concessions: £5, Under 16s: £3 and Under 12s: £1. Please note that you can’t use your Season Tickets for this match as it’s an FA Cup game.

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