WORCESTER City have a point to prove.
Tuning into the FA Cup highlights on ITV last Saturday and seeing Bromley taking on Fleetwood Town in the first round won’t have sat easy with those at St George’s Lane.
The Kent outfit may have been comfortably despatched 3-0 by the League Two high-fliers but City must have been wondering what could have been had they held out for a few seconds more at Hayes Lane.
As it was, Carl Heeley’s side were busy routing Hinckley United 5-0 in Blue Square Bet North and laying down another marker for their play-off rivals.
But this Saturday Worcester really have an opportunity to make up for that heart-break of three weeks ago when they embark in the FA Trophy.
It is their last chance to enjoy a cup run this season and therefore their last at St George’s Lane before it is pulled down next June.
In Altrincham they face tricky opponents, who have 19-goal Damian Reeves in their ranks, but City are eight places above them in Blue Square Bet North.
Win this weekend and who knows?
Although reaching the final at Wembley in March is very much odds-against, getting through a few rounds of the exclusively non-league competition is not beyond them.
As well as generating money, it would build on the momentum City are gathering in the league and consign the Bromley defeat to the history books.
City have to believe they can do it and one player never found wanting in that department is Charlie Reece.
The midfielder wears his heart on his sleeve and has even more reason to be fired up as he was suspended for the FA Cup encounter.
“We want to win every game that we play in so this competition is really important to us,” he said.
“I’ve never played in this competition but it’s going to be a good game and we are going in to win it.
“We are bitterly disappointed that we lost to Bromley, I know I didn’t play myself but I was frustrated just as much as the lads who did play. The suspension really frustrated me and I’m really glad to be playing again.”
Reece added: “I’m a bit of an optimist, I wanted to win the FA Cup but with Man United and Chelsea that’s not likely!
“But I can’t see why we can’t win the Trophy and I also don’t see why — and this is just my personal view — we can’t really go for promotion either.”
Well, one step at a time, but Reece’s outlook is to be applauded and it seems to be a trait shared by his team-mates as they seek success.
He added: “For me personally, and I also get a sense from some of the other lads, that although we have lost some games at home, at the start we believe we are going to win every single game.”
Time to prove it against Altrincham.