Atherstone Town’s penalty shootout hero Aidan Jeynes says the players have caught the winning bug and insists they can go all the way to Wembley and win the FA Vase.
The 18-year-old goalkeeper saved a penalty against Worcester City on Wednesday night to setup a sixth-round tie with joint-favourites Consett.
But with the Adders “riding a wave,” Jeynes believes the so-called underdogs can be a match for anyone on their day.
“The team spirit here is something I’ve never seen before, so to save a penalty and help the lads through was incredible,” Jeynes told The NLP.
“We don’t feel like underdogs, but we’ve got to concentrate and focus on Consett. We have the belief we can go all the way, so we’ll be giving it everything to do just that.
“Scott Rickards and Mike Fowler do a brilliant job of motivating us and getting us up for every game. It’s not just the FA Vase either. We’re going for promotion in the league, so there’s an incredible feeling at the minute.”
The first encounter between the Adders and Worcester City saw a bumper crowd of over 800 fans pack into Sheepy Road.
And with the Consett game also being on home soil, Jeynes knows there will be another huge incentive to continue their run.
“The Atherstone supporters are amazing,” he said. “They are with you every game and don’t stop chanting and singing for the whole match. As a player, you can’t ask for any more,” he added.
“We’ve got the best support of any team at this level which is something to be proud of.
“The feel-good factor is massive in the area at the minute and we’re riding a wave. The winning feeling is contagious. It’s a good habit to get into so we don’t want to stop.”
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