Rick­etts up for the Cup at We­ston

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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.”

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