NEWPORT Pagnell boss Darren Lynch is under no illusions that his side face a difficult match against Ashington in the FA Vase on Saturday as both sides bid for a place in the last 16 of competition.
Lynch, a plumber by trade who is in his first season in charge of the Willen Road club, has guided his side to eighth in the United Counties League premier division.
But he knows the Vase tie throws up a different proposition with the Colliers more than capable of putting a spanner in the works.
Within minutes of his side defeating Irchester United on Saturday when Lewis Wilson scored a hat-trick, Lynch, 34, said: “It will be a tough encounter on Saturday – it always is against Northern League opposition who are always strong and physical.
“In the league recently we lost 2-1 against top of the table Kings Lynn when I thought we deserved to take a point, but as for this weekend, it all depends on the day who fancies it and who doesn’t.”
He continued: “I haven’t watched Ashington in action but I have heard about them and looked at the league table and I reckon it should be an entertaining game.”
Lynch was quoted earlier in the campaign as saying he thought his side could go all the way to the final at Wembley, but he refuted that assessment.
“What I actually said was that on our day, if we play to our potential, then we can match anyone,” he said.
“I certainly didn’t say I thought we could get to the final or win the competition.”
Lynch, quite happy with the way things are progressing in his debut campaign and who is a former striker, is ironically sweating this week on the fitness of last season’s top goalscorer Darren Dykes who has a hamstring injury whilst midfielder Matt Broomes has an ankle knock.
“Both players will have fitness tests on Saturday ahead of the game,” said Lynch.
“I reckon Darren is rated at 50/50 whilst Matt has a greater chance of making it.”
No doubt, if one or both players miss out, then Lynch will have something in the pipeline!