CONCORD manager Danny Cowley has made it clear they will not underestimate lower league visitors Winchester City in the FA Cup today.
As a side who have emerged from Step 5 football themselves – and taken more than their fair share of cup scalps along the way – Cowley is all too aware of not giving every opponent the utmost respect.
Winchester are ninth in the Wessex Premier League while Concord are 12th in the Vanarama South.
Cowley said: “I know Winchester have always been a good side at that level and I think they have won their league on numerous occasions but not chosen to go up.
“So we won’t be taking them lightly because we know what it is like to have always been the underdog.
“We’ve come from that level and we know there is a lot of good footballers at that level – and we have four or five players in our team who have played at Step 5.
“So it is a level we respect and we will treat this like a league game and as professionally as we possibly can because what is at stake is an opportunity to get to the fourth qualifying round.
“We got there last year against Barnet and we have real ambitions to get to the first-round proper this year.”
Kick-off at the Aspect Arena in today’s third-qualifying round tie is at 3pm.
Admission is £10 for adults, £5 concessions and just £1 for under-16s.
With no fixtures in the country’s top two divisions this weekend because of the international break it is hoped fans at a loose end will come along and see their latest chapter in Concord’s growing success story.