Atherstone Town boss Scott Rickards says there’s no reason why his side can’t go all the way to Wembley, after their 1-1 draw with Worcester City got their name in the hat for Monday’s FA Vase sixth round draw.
The Adders have made a name for themselves this season with their attacking style that has seen them hit 27 goals in their seven games in the competition.
They’ve also knocked out fancied Stockton Town, who were the bookies favourites at the start of the campaign. And now Rickards is using his own fairytale cup story to inspire his team all the way to the arch.
“We’ve gone toe-to-toe with a top team from the league above and to be disappointed to not win against a team like Worcester City shows we’re on the right path and heading in the right direction,” he said.
“I think it was a good display by both teams but really for us, we’re disappointed that we’ve drawn the game, especially because of our mistake. But strikers from the level above are waiting to make a move when that mistakes comes, and they did.
“I had the same thing when I was playing, and sometimes ex-players reminisce,” he continued. “I look back at when I did it with Tamworth and we knocked out Margate and Farnborough, there’s no reason why we [Atherstone] can’t do the same and knock a Worcester out or go to Stowmarket and knock them out.
“We’re confident that we’ve been to one of the best teams in the competition already [Stockton Town] and beat them in their own backyard and for us that’s the benchmark.”
The sixth round draw is made at 1pm on Monday afternoon, and Rickards isn’t bothered who his side get.
“For us, we said before Saturday we wanted to be in the hat for Monday, we’ve done that and we’re happy to go again on Wednesday [in the replay].
“Our lads aren’t bothered. We had a really good trip to Stockton and beat them in their own backyard – they enjoy playing here but they also enjoy the trips on the road to other places.”