GORDON Bartlett has challenged his players to put Wealdstone back on the footballing map by causing an FA Cup first round upset against Rotherham United on Sunday (3pm).
It is the first time the club has reached this stage of the famous competition for more than two decades and Bartlett is confident his side can ruffle the feathers of Ronnie Moore's fancied Millers in front of Grosvenor Vale's biggest crowd yet.
The long-serving Stones boss reached the first round twice at the helm of Yeading but saw his team foiled on both occasions in replays. However, he has immense faith in the Stones side he has assembled on a shoestring budget and believes they have every chance of overcoming their League Two opponents. Moore watched
Stones overcome Harrow Borough on Tuesday night - their sixth successive win on home soil.
"For the first time in a while we go into a game as underdogs and can enjoy it without any pressure," said Bartlett.
"Nobody expects us to win and I think it was a compliment Ronnie came down to watch us. He won't have gone away quaking in his boots at what he saw, but that isn't such a bad thing.
"I'm very confident the boys can up their game considerably from Tuesday night's performance."
Bartlett views Sunday's clash as more of a big opportunity rather than a big game and says a result would go some way to repaying everyone who has helped ensure the club's survival.
"It's an opportunity to put ourselves on the footballing map," he added. "We'll get one chance at this and will do everything we can to make it as difficult as possible for them and, hopefully, get one over on them.
"It would be great for the club and for everyone who has helped keep it afloat to make something special happen."
By half-time on Sunday the draw for the second round (3.35pm) will be in full swing and Bartlett says it is inevitable the news of who awaits the victors will filter through to both sets of players.
"It could even act as an added incentive," he said.
Alan Massey should be fit to play while striker Charlie Mpi is likely to start in the absence of the suspended Greg Ngoyi.
James Gray is expected to be available and the versatile defender could be used as Mpi's foil in attack.
Winger Danny Spendlove could come back into the equation while defender Jamie Osbourne is likely to be included in the squad because Darren Locke is unavailable.