The Cuck­oos are con­fi­dent of waltz­ing away with a tro­phy

Foot­ball - FA Cup Ex­tra Pre­lim­i­nary Round

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

Yax­ley are de­ter­mined to end six years of pain by win­ning a tro­phy this sea­son. Not since the 2009-10 Hunts Se­niorCuphave‘TheCuck­oos’ claimed sil­ver­ware out­right, although they did share the Hi­inch­ing­brooke Cup with Roys­ton in 2013 as the fi­nal was aban­doned be­cause of a se­ri­ous in­jury.

But man­agerBret­tWha­ley is ex­cited about a sea­son that opens with a home FA Cup tie against Hunt­ing­dononSatur­day and then a tough United Coun­ties Premier Di­vi­sion clash at home to Hol­beach United onTues­day(Au­gust 9).

Wha­ley has re­turned ‘home’ from Wis­bech Town and is com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing suc­cess.

“It’s about time we won a tro­phy again,” Wha­ley stated. “We made steady progress in my­first­spel­las­man­ager­here, but we didn’t win any­thing out­right.

“Thathas­tochange­andwe have as­sem­bled a squad ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing suc­cess. In Phil Steb­bing and Dan Cot­ton we have two strik­ers ca­pa­ble of scor­ing 25-30 goals apiece if they stay fit.

“I have brought goal­keeper Aaron Butcher and cen­tre-back Stu­art Wall with me fromWis­bech­soweshouldbe strong de­fen­sively as well.

“We’ve hada­great pre-sea­son and scored lots of goals. We beat Spald­ing 5-2 which wasav­ery good per­for­mance.

“I know friendly re­sults mean lit­tle, but we will be start­ing the sea­son­full of con­fi­dence.

“My­biggest­con­cern­willbe switch­ing from our out­stand­ing 4G sur­face to a bog of a pitch from week to week, but I’m ex­pect­ing us to start well.

“We’ll be favourites to beat Huntingdon in the Cup, but Hol­beach will be a very hard game. They are al­ways one of the teams to beat in the UCL.”

Yax­ley have signed full­back Michael Mack­rell from Peter­bor­ough North­ern Star

Star have a tough FA Cup tie at Ey­nes­bury Rovers on Satur­day. Wis­bech are at Bos­tonTown­with­thewin­ners­set to meet Peter­bor­ough Sports or Gor­leston. Hol­beach host Swaffham, while Deep­ing Rangers are at Ely.

Yax­ley man­ager Brett Wha­ley is ex­pect­ing an­other strong sea­son from striker Dan Cot­ton (blue).

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