Thursday, February 24, 2005

Chambers looks for revenge

Eastwood Town's manager, Bryan Chambers, is a man seeking revenge this weekend as his team entertain Conference giants Hereford United in the Fifth Round of The FA Trophy, in partnership with Carlsberg according to an article on the site.

Hereford United famously knocked Newcastle out of the FA Cup in 1972 and the Newcastle-born manager is looking for payback.

"There's no doubt, this is a tough tie for us, but it's going to be exciting," he said.

"Hereford are three leagues above us, they are a good, strong side, with a lot of good individual players and we shouldn't really have a chance against them."

But Chambers believes he may have spotted one or two weaknesses in the opposition and is pleased to have home advantage.

"I've been to watch them play and know a little bit about them now. Certainly there are a couple of things we'll be looking to exploit on the day."

Eastwood Town sit just outside the play-offs in the Northern Premier League Division One and had a disappointing 3-1 defeat against resurgent Chorley in their last home game.

But Chambers remains positive despite that setback.

"The lads are playing well at the moment and a big plus is that we'll be close to full strength. I think it'll be a case of getting stuck in on the day. If we try and play them at their own game, we'll lose for sure".

Eastwood Town are the lowest ranked team left in the tournament after moving up from The FA Vase last season.

They progressed through to the fifth round after beating Conference South outfit, Hayes 1-0 in the last round whilst Hereford eased through after a 3-0 victory over Hyde United.

Meanwhile Chambers has also been talking to the Non-League Paper.

Hereford have been warned they will face an aerial bombardment in their FA Trophy fifth round match at Eastwood Town, by the Nottingham underdogs' own manager.

Bryan Chambers' UniBond First Division club, the lowest ranked club left in the competition, take on Graham Turner's Conference promotion chasers on their sloping Coronation Park pitch.

And Badgers boss Chambers openly revealed his tactics: "We will give them a game that's for sure. We have a lot of big lads and we will cause them all sorts of problems from set pieces."