RAIL MEN ON TRACK FOR GLORY

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS -

SHILDON stand on the brink of his­tory when they go head-to-head with National League Guise­ley next Satur­day. For all of the North­ern League’s suc­cess in the FA Vase, it is 14 years since one of their clubs has made it into the FA Cup first round. Then, Ray Gowan led Shildon past the likes of Durham City, Frick­ley Ath­letic and Stocks­bridge Park Steels to set up a First Round tie at Notts County, even­tu­ally bow­ing out to a 7-2 de­feat at Meadow Lane. Now, the Rail­way­men are back to within 90 min­utes of a po­ten­tial glam­our tie and play­er­man­ager Daniel Moore in­sisted that his play­ers are fully aware of the his­tory be­hind them. “It is there for us and we are aware that we were the last club to do it,” he ad­mit­ted. “We have got to be­lieve we can go there and win, oth­er­wise there is no point in go­ing. “You want to make that first round and we are 90 min­utes away. At the end of the day it is a game of foot­ball, it’s 11 ver­sus 11 and we will give our­selves the best chance of win­ning by pre­par­ing prop­erly. It’s the FA Cup and we know any­thing can hap­pen.” This season’s FA Cup has al­ready pro­vided the Rail­way­men with some life­long mem­o­ries. They saw off one of their North­ern League Divi­sion One ti­tle ri­vals Mor­peth Town in the ex­tra pre­lim­i­nary round with a 2-0 win be­fore putting five past an­other league ri­val, Guis­bor­ough Town. A sin­gle goal helped them past Bottes­ford Town in the first qual­i­fy­ing round and a late Cameron Fen­ton goal helped them to one of the great­est FA Cup wins in their his­tory as Al­trin­cham were beaten at Dean Street. That set up a date at Ban­bury United where an Adam Bur­ni­cle brace and a goal from Moore saw off the Evo-Stik South­ern side and set up a clash with the Lions. “It will be good to pit our­selves against them,” Moore said. “The pres­sure isn’t on our­selves again, they’ll be ex­pected to win, just as Ban­bury United and Al­trin­cham were. “We will be con­fi­dent within the squad, as we al­ways are. Hope­fully we can get a few sup­port­ers down there be­cause it’s not as far as Ban­bury. “On pa­per it’s a very tough tie, but we will en­joy the day and rel­ish the chal­lenge.”

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