Magpies Don’t Scare Halesowen, Insists Paul Smith Ahead Of Tuesday’s FA Trophy Replay

Halesowen Town boss Paul Smith is relishing another meeting with Maidenhead next week after admitting their recent draw in the FA Trophy left him feeling his side had missed a trick.

The BetVictor Southern League Division One side had already knocked out National League North Gateshead and Bradford (Park Avenue) in previous rounds before meeting the Magpies last weekend.

After bouncing back twice from behind, the Yeltz forced a replay with a place in the third round, and a tie with Halifax, in the offing. But despite what some would call a huge result, Smith felt his side could have ended the tie at the Grove.

“I was disappointed if I’m honest, I think it’s a chance missed,” he said. “We did very well on the whole, but we switched off twice and gifted two goals, and that’s something we’re not used to doing. Take that out of the performance and it would have been the perfect day – we should’ve won it.

“Against sides their level, they will punish you and they did. But we fought back twice and gave it everything and now we’ve got another shot at it Tuesday to put that right.

“They’ll be huge favourites again, especially being at home. But we go into it with no fear and we’ll give it a real good go and hopefully have another story to tell after it.

“It’s a massive testament to the boys in the dressing room to be standing here and saying I’m disappointed with a draw against a side three levels above us – it shows how far we’ve come already.”

After the initial replay was called off due to bad weather, the Yeltz’ boss can’t wait for another chance to line-up against higher opposition once again.

“We’re going to give it a good go, we never go into games without believing we can win,” he said.

“I firmly believe if we go down there and do what we’re good at, we’ll come away with a result. We’ve done our homework and based on the evidence of the first tie, I believe we can go down there and get a result.”

“There’s a lot of people coming up to me saying “you’ve got nothing to lose” but I don’t like those kinds of comments. We’ve got a group here and people who work at this club who deserve more respect than that.”


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