Chris Hargreaves is hoping to be able to harness Yeovil Town’s FA Cup pedigree as the competition gets underway this weekend.
The Glovers face a Somerset derby against Taunton Town in the competition’s fourth qualifying round at Huish Park looking to progress.
Last season, Darren Sarll’s side reached the competition’s third round, putting out Stevenage to take their Football League scalps to 21 and making the club the most successful in the competition’s history.
Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins ahead of the game, Hargreaves said: “The club has had some very good runs in the FA Cup over the years and we are very aware of that.
“It is still an unbelievable competition, when I look back at my debut which I can’t tell you how many years ago it was, it was a way to make a name for yourself.
“It was the only way to get on to Match of the Day unless you were playing in the top flight and it was a way to generate money for the club.
“That will be the same for both clubs this weekend and we know we have a tough test ahead.”
The record books suggest that Hargreaves’ first FA Cup tie was playing for Hereford United in a 1-1 draw at Colchester United in December 1997, out of interest.
But, as you have already heard, the boss is taking nothing for granted against the National League South side from up the A358 who the Glovers were held to a goalless draw against in a pre-season friendly.
Hargreaves said: “We are up against an opposition that has had fantastic success recently and have done an unbelievable job getting promoted.
“Rob (Dray, the Taunton manager) has done an unbelievable job in galvanising that club and getting them to that level.
“We played them in pre-season and it was a tight game, so I expect them to be as resilient and competitive again but we have to concentrate on ourselves.
“If we do that, we know we are a good side, it’s just a case of finding that consistency.”
The Screwfix Stand will not be open for the tie with away supporters taking the away terrace blocks AA-B in the Main Stand at Huish Park and home fans taking Blocks B-GG and the Thatcher’s Gold Stand.
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