The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP FIRST ROUND PREVIEW - By Mark Car­ruthers

HARTLE­POOL United goal­keeper Scott Loach has ex­pe­ri­enced the con­trast­ing emo­tions that can be sum­moned by the FA Cup. The 29-year-old was part of the Wat­ford squad that reached the semi-fi­nals in 2007 be­fore a Ron­aldo and Rooney-in­spired Manch­ester United ended their brave run. At the same time, how­ever, Loach has also ex­pe­ri­enced the down side of the Cup as he sat on the Notts County bench when they were hum­bled by Sal­ford City in the first round in 2015. Now Loach’s Hartle­pool head to League Two More­cambe on Satur­day as un­der­dogs, but the for­mer Eng­land Un­der 21 in­ter­na­tional is hop­ing to rekin­dle his cup love af­fair from a Non-League per­spec­tive. “I had a good run with Wat­ford and got to the semi-fi­nals be­fore Manch­ester United beat us, there was a real buzz about that game,” Loach said. “But there is an­other side of the cup as I ex­pe­ri­enced at Notts County – that’s the beauty of the cup I sup­pose. Hope­fully I can be back on the right side against More­cambe on Satur­day.” Loach be­lieves the game of­fers Pools a chance to show that, de­spite last sea­son’s rel­e­ga­tion into the Na­tional League, they can still match what Foot­ball League clubs have to of­fer. “There is no pres­sure on us be­cause they are in a league above us so they are the favourites. “We have a bit of mo­men­tum go­ing, we have only lost one game in 12 as it stands and we have to believe there is a good chance we can win. “It is a good test for all of us and we are de­ter­mined to show that, al­though we are now in the Na­tional League, we can still match sides above us in the league.”

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