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Kings Langley take on Wealdstone in the FA Cup first qualifying round and Ritchie Hanlon hopes his side can cause an upset
Kings Langley on take Wealdstone in the FA Cup first qualifying round on Saturday and joint Kings manager Ritchie Hanlon admits the club could not have picked a harder draw.
Wealdstone are unbeaten this season and sit second in the Ryman Premier Division - scoring 23 goals in only nine league games.
But Kings have made a good start to their Spartan South Midlands Division One Campaign and are unbeaten in the league.
Hanlon is looking forward to the game but stresses his players have already made history by reaching this stage of the competition.
He said: “It is important the players enjoy it. We probably couldn’t have got a harder draw and Wealdstone are a very good side.
“Of course we’d like to go further but we have already made history because the club have never got this far before.
“It will be difficult for us and I don’t know how the players will react playing in front of a big crowd.
“We have done excellently to get to this stage and that is financial boost for us. At this level you are really relying on sponsorship and bar takings, so if you have a good cup run then that helps you massively.”
Joint Kings manager Paul Hughes added: “It is a massively difficult game for us. There will be a decent size crowd there and as a manager you hope that will motivate the players. We have really enjoyed the Cup run so far and to keep it going would be great for the club financially.”
Kings were knocked out of the FA Vase on Saturday following a 3-1 defeat against Colney Heath.
Despite the loss, Hanlon is delighted with the start his side have made this season.
He explained: “We have played very well, apart from Saturday. But that was one of those days where you have people missing and you don’t play your best football.
“We want to get promoted this season and so far we’ve been excellent. But we’re already four or five games behind those at the top of the table and that makes it difficult for us.”
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