Bury man­ager Lowe is aim­ing high in FA Cup

Manchester Evening News - - FA CUP SPECIAL - By DAVE CROWTHER-GREEN

BURY man­ager Ryan Lowe says he will not take FA Cup first round op­po­nents Dover Ath­letic for granted when they meet at Gigg Lane to­day.

The Shak­ers com­fort­ably dis­patched League Two’s bot­tom club Mac­cles­field Town 4-1 last week­end, and will now face a side in the same po­si­tion just one divi­sion be­low in the Na­tional League.

Dover have strug­gled so far this sea­son, with just two wins from 19 games – a com­plete con­trast to that of last sea­son where they fin­ished sixth, qual­i­fy­ing for the play-offs.

Andy Hessen­thaler’s side edged past Na­tional League South club Con­cord Rangers 1-0 in the fi­nal qual­i­fy­ing round just three weeks ago, earn­ing them a spot in the first round proper for the sixth time in 10 sea­sons.

To­day will be the first meet­ing be­tween the two sides in all com­pe­ti­tions, and a win for the Shak­ers will see them through to the sec­ond round for the first time since the 2015-16 sea­son, where they were elim­i­nated 3-1 by Hull City in the fourth round.

And de­spite the dif­fer­ence in po­si­tion be­tween the two clubs, Lowe in­sists his side will not be un­der­es­ti­mat­ing their op­po­nents.

He said: “They may be bot­tom of the Na­tional League but it doesn’t mat­ter, we’ve seen what hap­pens with po­ten­tial ba­nana skins for clubs in the league.

“With the style of foot­ball we play, and they’ve prob­a­bly watched us of late, we don’t take any­thing or any team for granted.

“We’ve had a lot of work done on them. Andy Hassen­thaler’s gone in there and we know what he’s about, he’s been there be­fore and he’s a good man­ager.

“We know that they’ll po­ten­tially be look­ing to cause an up­set, but if we worry about our­selves and do what we can do then we can come out the other end,” he added.

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