Lewes manager Darren Freeman admitted his side will face one of their toughest tests when they host Ryman Premier high-flyers Hampton & Richmond on Saturday.
The Rooks welcome Richmond to the Dripping Pan as they kick of this year’s FA Trophy campaign with a first-round qualifying clash.
It’s been a testing start for Lewes who currently sit second bottom in the Premier with just seven points from 18 matches.
Freeman’s side have just one league win to date but that did come at Hampton back in September. Despite that success, Lewes’ boss believes they will be coming up a very strong side. He said: “They were my tip to get out of the league this year. Hampton are a massive club with some very talented players. But we will go into the game as underdogs and hoping to cause a cup shock.
“Since I have come in I have taken a lot of positives from our performances and I’m hoping we come away with a win.”
Lewes will go into the game full of confidence after they picked up a point after a 0-0 draw at Metropolitan Police in the Ryman Premier on Tuesday. In a fairly dull affair, neither side created many clear cut chances but Freeman was pleased to take a point.
He added: “That was a really important point for us and sets up nicely for Saturday now. But we will not be getting carried away there is still a lot of work to be done.
“This club should not be in the position they are in at the minute. Lewes have great supporters and they don’t deserve to be seeing this. Hopefully a win on Saturday will set us up nicely in both the league and FA Trophy.”
Peacehaven & Telscombe boss Simon Colbran is hoping his side can kick start an extended run in this year’s FA Trophy on Saturday.
The Magpies welcome Division One South and West side Tiverton Town in the competition’s first-round qualfying.
Colbran’s side have struggled in recent weeks having collected just one win from their previous five matches.
But Peaceheaven’s boss believes the this weekends Trophy clash has come at a good time for his men. He said: “It would be great if we could get on an extended run in the FA Trophy.
“Tiverton play at the same level as us but we know it will be a tough challenge. They have been on good runs in this competiton and the FA Cup in previous years. But we are at home and will go into the match hoping to progress into the next round.”
The winners of Saturday’s clash will pocket £2,700 aswell as reaching the tournament’s second round qualifying.
National League and National South and North sides enter at a later stage and Colbran would love to see his side set-up a glamour tie. He added: “This is a great competiton with some really strong teams entering. If you look at some of the sides in the National League this year they have great history and it would be nice to meet one of them. But we need to take it one round at a time.”
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