Diss Town looking to give a good account of themselves during FA Cup tie at higher-league Stamford AFC
Michael King is well aware of the size of the task that lies ahead of his Diss Town side in the Emirates FA Cup tomorrow.
The Tangerines will make the almost 200-mile round trip to take on a Stamford AFC outfit that ply their trade at Step 4 – two levels above their visitors.
The Daniels are yet to get their league campaign under way, but before the Covid-19 lockdown they were in fine form.
A run of seven straight Northern Premier League South East Division victories had left them second in the table, and looking a good bet for promotion.
It’s a daunting prospect for Diss, but King is planning to break the tie down into stages as he targets a decent collective display from his players.
“You can look at all of the names on the team sheet, all of their goalscorers and their results, but you cannot ever truly tell what you are up against until you come face to face,” he said.
“We just need to focus on ourselves and what we are doing. We’ll look to break the game down into different stages and have targets to reach within those.
“The key is to stay in the game and see where that takes us. We know we are the big underdogs, but that means there will be no pressure – hopefully that works in our favour.”
The trip to Stamford is followed on Tuesday evening by the visit of Debenham LC for a Thurlow Nunn League First Division North derby (7.45pm).
Those fixtures come on the back of another FA Cup derby with Framlingham Town (1-0 win), as well as a 2-1 league-opening defeat at the hands of a strong Leiston Reserves side on Saturday.
“These games are coming thick and fast at the moment,” added King. “The fixture list hasn’t been too kind either, but at the same time these are the sort of games why we wanted to get involved at Diss.
“We got our first win in the FA Cup, and now the same target applies in the league when we play Debenham.
“We want to get three points on the board as quickly as possible.”
King was pleased with certain elements of the weekend’s defeat to Leiston’s second string, who as well as the experienced Rob Eagle, had talented youngsters Harrison Bacon and Josh Hitter within their starting line-up.
Diss fell 2-0 behind at Victory Road and while Kieran Hagan’s effort proved to be little more than a consolation, King was particularly happy with the character his new-look team showed.
“We thought they may be strong and they were,” he said.
“It is always tough when you play a reserve side this early in the season but the boys did well.
“It was probably a fair result but at the same time we had a couple of chances late on to get something.
“Recruitment wise in the summer we wanted to get players in that would not throw in the towel and show some heart – we did that on Saturday.
“At 2-0 down we could have downed tools and ended up conceding four or five, but they stuck at it and that was pleasing.
“In a lot of ways it was good preparation for this weekend.”
Max Kirkby (holiday) is set to be the only player unavailable to King for the Stamford trip.