James Tose feels Carlisle City should be in buoyant mood ahead of their FA Vase tie at Heaton Stannington.
City’s manager Tose, originally from the north-east, will take his team over to Newcastle upon Tyne for tomorrow's first qualifying round tie (3pm kick-off). The winners will earn £550 in prize-money.
Carlisle City will go into the game on the back of a 3-0 victory over St Helens Town on Tuesday night in the league.
David Wallace, Kyle Armstrong and Michael Reed were the scorers for Carlisle, while former Penrith man Mathew Read made his first appearance for the club off the bench.
Ahead of their FA Vase clash, Tose said: “We should go into it with confidence. Obviously, we would like to get the win in that competition.
“We were beaten 2-1 by Team Northumbria last year, so we would like to go across to the north-east and see if we can get a bit of money for the club and progress to the next round.”
The Stan made a poor start to their season in Northern League, Division Two, one division below Penrith.
They drew matches against Esh Winning and Tow Law Town, before losing at Thornaby and drawing at Hebburn Town in the league.
But recent results have been slightly better for Heaton Stannington who won 6-2 against Jarrow on Wednesday.
On what he knows about tomorrow's opponents, Tose said: “I know they didn’t start particularly well.
“I think they have won their last couple of games, though, which they will get some confidence from. But we have nothing to fear. We will go into the game, try to attack them and win it.”
City’s clean-sheet on Tuesday was only their second in seven games this term.
Tose added: “We are looking forward to getting a few defenders back.
“In midweek, we have kind of had a stronger defence, then on Saturdays we have been a bit weaker.
“I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to pick a solid back four every week.”
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