Stansted on form ahead of cup date
Stansted continue on the road to Wembley on Saturday when they visit Stotfold in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round. The Airportmen will go into the tie with the United Counties League side full of confidence following Saturday s league victory over Eton M
Stansted continue on the road to Wembley on Saturday when they visit Stotfold in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round.
The Airportmen will go into the tie with the United Counties League side full of confidence following Saturday's league victory over Eton Manor and Tuesday's Senior Cup defeat of Hullbridge.
"It's a massive game and everyone is really looking forward to it," said manager Terry Spillane.
"It's the biggest game I've ever been involved in as a player or manager and I know it's the biggest for the players as well.
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"There is no pressure on us as our target is a top-half finish in the league,with a cup run a nice extra.
"We would rather be at home, but being away adds extra excitement. It's a place we have not played before and we will be going there for the win."
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The manager won't be taking their opponents who are managed by former Arsenal player Ian Allinson lightly, with £2250 in prize money awaiting the winners.
"I expect them to be a strong physical side that can also play football," he said.
"They have had us watched a few times, but we only know one way to play and we won't change our system at all.
"We are confident and will be treating it as another cup final.
"Bring it on," he added.
Stansted 4 Hullbridge Sports 0
A hat-trick from new signing Greig Taylor helped Stansted beat Hullbridge Sports 4-0 on Tuesday in the Fans Focus Senior Cup at Hargrave Park.
The striker who joined from Takeley, starred as his new side secured a comfortable victory which delighted manager Spillane.
"It was a brilliant performance and I can't fault any of the players," he said.
"We made changes and everybody played well. They have given me a headache before Saturday now as I have 18 players who I could start."
The Airportmen started strongly and took the lead after 20 minutes when Taylor side footed home Danny Dobson's cross.
Fifteen minutes later, Dobson found the net himself, lashing a shot from 35 yards into the top corner.
Stansted continued to dominate in the second half with Taylor firing in two further goals to round off the victory.
Stansted 3 Eton Manor 2
A last minute strike from debutant Greig Taylor gave Stansted all three points on Saturday at home to Eton Manor.
The striker marked his arrival with a 90th minute goal as a depleted Stansted side defeated Eton Manor 3-2 to move up to fourth in the Essex Senior League.
"We had five players missing but still managed to defeat a side that are touted as league winners which says a lot about us," said Spillane.
"The squad we have here is awesome and our fitness is superb, which paid off in the last 10 minutes."
Stansted started strongly and took the lead after 20 minutes when a great ball in from Sam McCarthy was volleyed home by Taylor.
Neil Barratt was on hand to fire in the equaliser five minutes before half-time following a goal mouth scramble with Takeley keeper Danny Fenn adamant he had claimed the ball with two hands.
The visitors started the second half strongly and got their reward when the ball dropped to Barratt who converted from close range.
Stansted didn't let their heads drop and Tony Barnes headed the hosts level after 65 minutes.
Then, with a draw looking likely, a quick breakaway from the Airportmen saw McCarthy put Taylor through and he cut inside two defenders before curling the ball into the top corner. to give Stansted all three points.