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TERRAS: Walker sets sights on more FA Cup glory
NATHAN Walker sees no reason why the Terras cannot pull off an FA Cup giantkilling at the Bob Lucas Stadium this afternoon (3pm).
The towering centre-back was part of Dorchester Town’s historic run in the competition last season and he believes Weymouth have what it takes to follow suit.
Skrill Premier high-fliers Braintree Town look formidable opponents on paper but Walker believes the outcome of the tie will all come down to how his side approaches it.
The 27-year-old explained: “It’s another big one and the fact that Braintree are absol-utely flying at the minute means it is going to be a very tough game.
“However, these games are what the FA Cup is all about and it is 11 versus 11 at the end of the day, so there is nothing for us to be afraid of.
“Last year at Dorchester we proved that when we beat Plymouth Argyle and gave Luton Town a good run for their money.
“They were some great experiences to be involved in and the fact I have now got the chance to do that again with Weymouth is just fantastic.
“To play for my hometown club in the first round of the FA Cup would just be incredible.”
Walker continued: “If we prepare right, stick together as a team and get in their faces right from the off, we will stand every chance.
“The last thing we can afford to do is give them too much respect.
“If we do that and sit back there is every chance they could punish us in the first 20 minutes and it will be game over.
“We have to go out there with no fear because after all we are the underdogs with nothing to lose and we need to play that way.”
Burly striker Sean Marks is likely to be one of Braintree’s biggest threats and Walker is looking forward to facing him.
He added: “He is a player that likes to put himself about a bit and if he plays they will look to get the ball forward to him at every opportunity.
“That means if we can shut him out it should give us a bit of a platform.
“We know it is going to be a war and as long as everyone puts their bodies on the line that is all you can ask for. We cannot afford to be carrying anyone.
“We have good experience throughout the side, we carry a threat at set pieces and we have a striker in Stewart Yetton who is bang in form.
“We also have a fantastic set of fans that support us home and away, and can really be our 12th man today.
“They have already travelled up and down the country this season to get behind us and if we could repay them by getting into the first round it would be fantastic.”
Admission to the game is £11 for adults, £8 for concessions (over-65s and students) and £3 for children (under-16s).
*Weymouth will host Poole Town in the second round of the Red Insure Cup on November 12.
*Keith Raymond is on a nationwide mission to watch a match in every round of the FA Cup in a fundraising initiative for the MS Society UK.
He watched Weymouth win 2-1 at Cirencester Town in the third qualifying round and will be at the Terras’ clash with Braintree today.
Raymond’s wife Diane has suffered with MS for more than 18 years.
He said: “To date, I have raised £493, with more donations to come in, and I am currently trying to get a sponsor to help with the petrol and travelling costs.”
If you would like to support Raymond’s cause, log on to justgiving.com/KeithRaymond
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