Ricketts up for the Cup at Weston
SAM Ricketts vowed to continue both Wrexham’s famous tradition in the FA Cup and his team’s impressive domestic form when they face Westonsuper-Mare tomorrow (12.45pm).
Wrexham travel to the Woodspring Stadium for a first-round tie keen to maintain what has quickly become a winning habit this season.
Mickey Thomas’ goal and Wrexham’s 2-1 win against Arsenal in 1992 remains the club’s most famous FA Cup memory, but as another year rolls around, the club’s current boss is eyeing another cup run.
With Wrexham top of the National League, Ricketts now wants some knock-out success.
“I’m excited. It’s a different challenge and the FA Cup is something the club haven’t experienced for a few years now,” said the former Wales defender yesterday named October’s National League Manager of the Month.
“It’s good to bring the excitement back of what is the world’s greatest club competition. The FA Cup means a lot to me and I keep telling the players to seize their opportunities.
“This is a chance to get to the next round of the FA Cup and if we get there, you never know where you’ll end up.
“If you get it right, the beauty of the FA Cup means you could get someone like Manchester United or Chelsea away. This is our opportunity to hopefully do something similar.”
Wrexham have won 12 of their 19 National League games this season and face a Weston-super-Mare who are a division lower than them in the pyramid.
Ricketts has been boosted by a clean bill of health in his squad – save for Manny Smith – but has warned Wrexham not to underestimate their opponents.
Tomorrow’s clash will be Wrexham’s first in the FA Cup first round since 2014.
“We will be approaching this match in exactly the same way as if we were playing a team in the league above us. I expect us to go there and win,” said Ricketts.
“We have to go to Weston-superMare and be as professional as we would be for a league game.”