FA CUP "Your goal is first round, that's your Wembley"

FA Cup logoToday will be another day “like no other” for experienced manager Martyn Rogers as Tiverton Town tackle Plymouth Parkway AFC in the FA Cup preliminary round at  a packed Bolitho Park, behind a tree-lined drive in a city suburb.

“I love the FA Cup, it’s a great competition” says the 60-year-old Bristolian with a sparkle in his eye and the enthusiasm of a teenager.

“If you are a non-League team then your goal is to get to the first round, that’s your Wembley.

“We’ve been there six times and it’s like a final.”

Rogers – Tiverton boss since 1992 but for a three season spell – starts to reel off the close encounters of an FA Cup kind “Aldershot when they were in the league and we were still in the Western League First Division, Barnet, Cardiff City, Crawley, Leyton Orient… what a tie that was…

“What I love is the way that the further you go in the competition the more the excitement builds and everyone gets behind you.

“The town get involved and there’s a real sense of community. Everyone loves it when their team has a good cup run, the media and people who may not have been to your ground since your last cup run.

“We’ve all seen what it’s like and of course the further you go the more expectations start to build and if you get a league team you also get half the country on your side because everyone wants to see the underdog go as far as they can.”

Rogers – whose side knocked out Parkway at Tiverton 1-0 last season – is set to include three Plymothians in his selection: attacking midfielder Dan Smith, left back Mikey Williams and former Parkway and Ivybridge Town ace Andrew “Rocky” Neal.

Tiverton have swooped to sign experienced former Cheltenham, Newport and Merthyr goalkeeper Joe Perry from Mangotsfield United.

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