Lancaster City boss Darren Peacock believes his side should not be looked on as underdogs when they visit Curzon Ashton in the FA Cup on Saturday.
The Dolly Blues travel to the Evo-Stik First Division North table-toppers looking to reach the third qualifying round and move a step closer to the coveted first round proper.
Curzon have seven wins in eight league games this season, but with City unbeaten in fourth, Peacock thinks his side should fancy their chances at the Tameside Stadium in a game he is really looking forward to.
The head coach said: “I can’t wait.
“The FA Cup is always that little bit more special and there’s the financial side of it (the winners pick up £4,500).
“It’s a great competition and like every league or cup game I want to win.
“Their results say they’re a really strong side and will go into the game full of confidence.
“But so should we.”
City remained unbeaten this season with a convincing 4-1 win over Radcliffe on Saturday before Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Clitheroe, where Peacock’s side twice let their lead slip.
But the unblemished record is not something that the City boss is overly concerned with when it comes to the FA Cup.
Peacock said: “If anything it goes out of the window a bit in the cup.
“The run isn’t the important thing on Saturday, it’s that we play to the best of our abilities.
“We’re in the league position we are at the moment because we’re doing things right, not because of the run itself.
“Saturday is just another opportunity to add to it.”
As for the Clitheroe game itself, Peacock admitted he was disappointed to see two points slip away.
He said: “I think we had more than enough chances to win the game.
“The defensive errors hurt us but they’re easy to rectify because we’ve been great defensively.
“It was a really good end-to-end game.
“If anything it was a little to open for my liking.
“We got good away support too which makes a difference and is something the players and I really appreciate.”
City will have a new face in their ranks for the trip to Curzon after former Chorley winger Tom Ince signed on at Giant Axe.
The Dolly Blues have been chasing the left-sided player for several weeks and he put pen to paper on Tuesday.
After their FA Cup test, a fixture quirk means the Dolly Blues host New Mills in the league this Tuesday, October 1, before the sides meet again at Giant Axe in the FA Trophy Preliminary Round on October 5.
Lancaster City are running a supporters coach to Curzon on Saturday.
To book a seat for £10 call 01524 382238 or visit the club office at Giant Axe.