We won’t be taking Chalfont lightly, insists Wilson after away cup draw

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Garry Wilson insists his Lewes side will not take their next opponents in the FA Cup lightly after the Rooks were drawn to face lower division Chalfont St Peter in the next round.

The Calor (Southern) League Division One Central outfit host the Rooks at their Mill Meadow venue tomorrow week (September 28) after the Buckinghamshire outfit shocked Ryman Premier side Met Police with an away 1-0 replay win on Tuesday night.

Lewes made their way into the second qualifying round of the famous competition with an exciting 3-2 win at Peacehaven on Saturday (see inside).

Wilson said he will make sure his men do not underestimate a team that is currently languishing 20th out of 22 in their league, despite their cup heroics of the past week.

“We did watch them (on Tuesday) and we’ll do so again on Saturday,” said Wilson.

“They’re a hard-working, gritty side and they did well to beat Met Police over two legs.

“It won’t be easy. Obviously they’re not doing so well in the league but it will be a tricky tie.

“We would have preferred to have been drawn at home.

“We’ll definitely not (underestimate them). We can’t afford to. There’s only one division between us – Peacehaven were one division below us and that was a difficult game.”

Wilson spoke again of the objectives he and Danny Bloor had when they took over the side in the summer.

“It was a thing that we said when we started – not to be in a relegation battle this year and to get through two or three rounds of the FA Cup.

“Financially it’s good and for the club profile it’s good. So hopefully we can get through another round or two.”

But all Wilson’s focus at the moment is on the two games coming up this ‘long weekend’ for the Rooks: Wingate & Finchley away tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm) and Wealdstone away Monday night (7.45pm).

He said: “I don’t like it (two games in three days). I think it’s very harsh for non league football. But we’ve just got to get on with it. We’ve got two trips away in two days but we’ve just got to deal with that and use the full squad.

“They’ll be two difficult games, both away from home.

“We’ve got reports from both sides but we don’t expect any easy games in this league.”

Ade Olorunda and Jack Walder are both set to miss the Chalfont tie due to suspension, but both are available for the two league fixtures coming up over the next three days.

Olorunda will start a three-game ban for the sending off he suffered against Carshalton last week while Walder will have a one-match suspension for picking up five cautions.

Other than Ben Austin, who has “a bit of a niggle”, Wilson should have a full squad to select from tomorrow.