Concord Rangers manager Danny Cowley feels his team have a one in a hundred shot at Barnet in FA Cup this weekend (From Echo)
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Concord Rangers manager Danny Cowley feels his team have a one in a hundred shot at Barnet in FA Cup this weekend
DANNY Cowley feels it’s a one in a hundred shot for Concord to win at Barnet – but says he’s feeling lucky.
The Beachboys boss — who is the head of PE at FitzWimarc School in Rayleigh — will take his side to north London tomorrow to pit his wits against Dutch superstar Edgar Davids, who is the Barnet manager.
Cowley and his brother and Concord player Nicky, who is also a teacher at FitzWimarc, were given a heroes’ send-off by pupils yesterday.
The small island club will be firm underdogs against a side relegated from the Football League on goal difference last season, but that may count for little in a competition synonymous with fairytale shocks.
And Cowley, who has been studying a video of Barnet’s recent 1-1 draw with Wrexham and also a scouting report from their 1-0 win at Hereford last weekend, says he’s seen enough to convince him his side can pull off an upset.
He said: “We know that we’ll play Barnet 100 times and we’ll probably beat them once, but we also know that it is the FA Cup and Saturday could be that one time.
“We just want to do ourselves justice. And you never know in the FA Cup – I just sense we can do something here.
“They’ve got good players, but if they don’t turn up in the right frame of mind and we show up determined then I think we can win.
“We’ll be competitive and try to still be in the game at half-time. And from there on, with the game getting shorter, the better chance we’ll have.
“It’s a one-off game and a brilliant draw for us and anyone who knows what Concord Rangers is about knows we’ll give it our best shot.”
And Concord have three full coach loads of supporters going to the match. At least 200 Beachboys fans are set to descend on Barnet’s brand new all-seater stadium.
They will not get the chance to see Barnet’s famous player-manager Edgar Davids in action, though, because he is suspended for the red card he received for violent conduct against Wrexham a fortnight ago.
Concord captain Tony Stokes came through 60 minutes on his comeback from a lengthy injury lay-off, in the county cup win over Waltham Abbey on Tuesday.
The striker also helped himself to a fine goal and Cowley confirmed he’ll definitely be involved in the squad tomorrow, providing his partner does not go into labour with their first child ahead of the match.
That 5-0 win over the Abbotts was the perfect response for Concord to their 5-0 league defeat at Weston last weekend.
That loss at the seaside also came with a niggling hamstring injury for striker Sam Higgins, and he will face a late fitness test ahead of the game along with experienced central defender Paul Goodacre (knee).).