Wealdstone will travel to Conference National Southport with no fear as they attempt to relive the magic of 2011-12 in the FA Trophy.
So says boss Gordon Bartlett, who led the then Ryman Premier League Stones to the semi-finals of non-league football’s premier cup competition in Olympic year, claiming the scalps of Conference sides Barrow and Cambridge United en route.
Conference South Dartford were another of the victims of that epic run five years ago. Therefore, while he is happy to wear the underdog tag for the trip to the northern seaside town, Bartlett isn’t ruling out another upset.
“This evokes memories of beating Barrow and then Cambridge in the quarter final a few years ago,” he said. “They were fine days and ones that prove we have done it before.
“We are technically a better side than we were back then with more ability in the group and a better passing side. If we can match the energy of the opposition, we will be in with a shout.
“It is a long trip, but the way we are playing we will give everyone a game. Their league status alone says they should be better than us, so we are the underdogs, but they don’t frighten us.”
The ‘Sandgrounders’ find themselves at the wrong end of the Conference National table ahead of the cup clash, giving Bartlett reason to hope they may be distracted by some relegation fears.
Nevertheless, he is aware of their scoring prowess at the Merseyrail Community Stadium. And with his own defensive resources stretched, Bartlett is not underestimating the challenge posed by Steve Burr’s men.
“They have a home game with Barrow on Tuesday which if they lose means they are in a dog-fight,” he added. “I know they have had injuries and are running with a small squad.
"But I’ve read they are trying to bring a few players in on loan. They score a lot of goals at home having had some 5-4s and 4-3s, so it should be quite an open game.”