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Hereford boss Peter Beadle hopeful of an FA Cup upset at Fleetwood

1st December 2017, 14:32

Hereford FC manager Peter Beadle believes his non-league side can cause an upset against Fleetwood Town in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday.

Fleetwood, 10th in League One, are four tiers above their opponents, and with home advantage will be considered as the overwhelming favourites to seal their spot in the third-round draw.

Southern Premier League side Hereford FC formed in 2015 following the financial demise of Hereford United - a team which beat top-flight Newcastle back in 1972 - and Beadle has every confidence his outfit could spring another memorable shock.

"If we start well and have a bit of luck, then who knows?" Beadle, whose side overcame National League Eastleigh in the fourth qualifying round, told the Hereford Times.

"It is a similar situation to the Eastleigh game. No one expected us to beat them but when we scored the first goal you could see that their game changed.

"It may come down to one chance but I've got the utmost faith in my players that, if the chances arrive, they will be fully focused and will play the game and not the occasion."

National League side Maidstone will travel to MK Dons confident they can dump the struggling League One side out of the competition.

MK Dons have taken just one victory from their last nine league matches and Maidstone boss Jay Saunders believes his side have the quality to mix it with their opponents on Saturday.

"The gulf between League One and the National League is not as big as it used to be," Saunders told KentOnline. "They're a good footballing side but we can maybe cause them problems defensively."

League One rivals Bradford and Plymouth will fight it out for their place in the hat, while League Two Swindon will head to Stevenage, seven places ahead of them in the division and bidding to reach the third round for the first time in six years.

Exeter travel to Forest Green Rovers for the second time this season after securing a 3-1 victory in League Two back in September.

Reuben Reid scored twice in that match, but he does not believe Exeter are a shoo-in for the third round.

"I wouldn't take anything from the last result," he told Devon Live. "We know it's a different game on a nice pitch, and they looked to play last time. "The priority is being in the hat."

Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst will take no chances against Morecambe by fielding a strong side for the visit of the League Two outfit. The Shrews have lost four of their last six matches to drop off the top of League One.

Meanwhile, Port Vale and Yeovil will put their league troubles to one side when they face off at Vale Park. Carlisle, 14th in League Two, will head to League One Gillingham looking to cause an upset of sorts.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

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