MACCLESFIELD TOWN are eager to avoid an upset as they visit Dulwich Hamlet in the FA Trophy quarter-finals today.
The south Londoners have come through 6 rounds to get this far and are the lowest-ranked side left in the competition as they are 8th in the Isthmian League Premier Division, two steps below Macc.
The game has been billed the biggest in decades for the Hamlet, who have become somewhat of a favourite among ‘hipsters’. That has seen their league attendances soar to an average of 1,208, with a high of 2,217.
Ominously, they play at Champion Hill too, but Macc are the ones who have won the FA Trophy twice. The Silkmen are in good form having claimed back-to-back wins over the last week and despite being 9th in the National League, assistant manager Steve Watson insists they won’t take the hosts lightly.
“They’re a bit of an unknown quantity which is the main thing we need to prepare ourselves for,” he said. “We get footage and we know all about most of the league teams that we play because we go and watch them, we see them week in, week out, but we haven’t got a great deal of information on Dulwich.
“We’ve got enough to know the system, we’ve got enough to know who the players are, but really Saturday’s got to be about how we perform. If we perform to the standards that we set ourselves when we’re beating teams like Forest Green, Eastleigh and Braintree, then we’ll have a great chance of winning it. That’s all we can focus on, we’ve got to be the best we can be and if we are at our best, it should be enough.”
James Thorne is eligible for the game after arriving on loan from Nottingham Forest on Friday. The 21-year-old forward will initially spend a month at Macc and was previously with the Silkmen on non-contract terms in 2014/15, without making a first-team appearance.
Macc cannot broadcast the game live through their club website but are doing so via Mixlr. Click here for live commentary from 2.55pm today.