HUMBLEDON & Plains Farm are on red alert ahead of their biggest game of the season tomorrow.
The Sunderland Sunday League champions host Liverpool side Mariner in the last 16 of the FA Carlsberg All-England Sunday Cup at Nissan tomorrow (1pm).
Boss Stephen Hutchinson, whose men have beaten two Merseyside teams away from home already, says his men are “buzzing” for the big tie.
“This competition is totally new for us – and there’s a real spirit and hunger in the squad to make the most of it,” said Hutchinson.
“It’s been a trip into the unknown, going to Liverpool twice where it can be intimidating, and getting two good wins.
“Now we’ve got home advantage, and that can make a difference. Mariner are a decent side – I’m told they apparently have a few players from Skelmersdale (who are in Blyth Spartans’ EvoStik League).
“But any team getting through to the last 16 is bound to be good. It’ll be a very hard tie, but we’ll give it everything and hopefully we’ll have a good crowd to help us along.
“They’ve got 68 booked on their bus already, so they must fancy themselves.”
Greg Swansbury looks set to return from a troublesome ankle injury to bolster Plainsy’s defence, but Michael Coughlan has been feeling his hamstring and is a doubt.
Lively Mark Davison could be Plainsy’s matchwinner – he has scored in every game since rejoining the club, and for Washington (also managed by Hutchinson) in the Northern League.
“I think the little stint he had at Spennymoor has brought him on loads,” said Hutchinson. “He’s got an eye for goal and he always gives defences something to think about.”