Bury manager Lowe is aiming high in FA Cup
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.