Prescot Cables face Whitby Town FA Cup test as ‘optimistic’ Steven Daley eyes upset

Prescot Cables manager Ste Daley

Steven Daley says Prescot Cables are relishing the challenge of facing Northern Premier League side Whitby Town in the FA Cup.

It’s an away trip for the Bulls as they travel to the Turnbull Ground to take on higher opposition.

Prior to Tuesday’s defeat to Clitheroe, Cables were on a high after hitting form in the league and both FA cup competitions. Despite the disappointment, there is a feeling from the management team at the Joseph Russell Stadium that their defeat can provide the lessons they need to improve. 

North Ferriby provided a late scare in the previous round after Daley’s side raced into a three-nil first-half lead. Mitch Allen continued his phenomenal streak of saving spot-kicks to reduce the chance of a nail-biting finish.

A comprehensive win followed in the Trophy over Bridlington Town. However, Cables face their sternest test of the season to date.

As was the case last year, higher-level opposition stands in their way of progressing to the third qualifying round of the illustrious tournament. And for Daley, he isn’t expecting an easy ride.

“They’re in the league above so we know that they’re going to be really, really difficult,” he said, speaking to Off The Park. 

“The travel we have to make the most of and use it as a bonding session which we will try and do. 

“We’ll prepare as best as we can, on paper we probably shouldn’t expect anything but we do. If we can do what we do well and stick to the gameplan and our qualities, we’re optimistic we can go up there and get a good result.

“You’ve got to do the right things on the day, they’re a good team and sit in a good position in their league.

“If they turn up and do well, they’re going to be really, really strong, if we do we’ll be really strong as well. I’m not looking too much into the home form, especially being the FA Cup, I think we’ve got to go and make sure we do what we do well. 

“We can go there and get the win, there’s no doubt about it,” he added. “We have to continue doing what we have been doing well, the confidence is still high despite the defeat on Tuesday – confidence is still really high. 

“The performance was very good and we probably produced enough chances to win two games, we’ll play worse this season and probably come away with the three points. 

“The lads are positive and we’re looking forward to the test, it will see where we are and see what the difference is – we’re relishing the challenge. 

“We’re going there to win the game, we’ve got to make sure we cut out the mistakes, cut out the mistakes, impose our gameplan and we’re optimistic we can do that.”

[Featured Image: John Middleton – Prescot Cables]

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