The prospect of earning a future glamour tie in the FA Cup is the sole motivation for Haverhill Rovers to get past their ex-manager’s side.
Mildenhall Town come to the New Croft for the extra preliminary round tie on Saturday (3pm) with former Rovers’ manager Dean Greygoose now in charge.
Ironically, the match, which carries £1,500 in prize money, comes exactly 51 weeks after Rovers sacked Greygoose, but his first competitive return since that day carries no significance for Rovers’ players or their manager, Michael Shinn.
“I think the only person that’s important for is Dean Greygoose, to tell you the truth,” said Shinn.
“I think it’s more of a Dean Greygoose and a committee issue than to do with me.
“We want to beat Mildenhall because we want to win every game we play in.
“It’s a game you want to be involved in. The money side of things for the players is irrelevant, that’s more something for the club and the committee to get excited about.
“It’s more about the goal of playing a big club further down the line. You win a few games and you are going away, there’s some big Conference South clubs now, and you play one of those and its a big day out.”
Rovers go into the match having lost their opening two Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division matches; 1-0 at home to Gorleston and 6-1 away to Stanway Rovers.
Although the Stanway result was influenced by Rovers being reduced to 10 men from the 34th minute, in both matches they have conceded a goal inside the opening 10 minutes.
Shinn said: “They’ve both come from set plays. The Gorleston goal came from our corner, they broke on us and Tuesday night it came from giving away a silly free kick and we were not tight enough in the box.
“It’s something that’s a concern and maybe I need to take some responsibility for that.
“We discussed set plays (for the Stanway match) but it wasn’t as definite as it sometimes is, but still, the basics of giving away fouls on the edge of the box and marking people in the box applies.”
Rovers have started both matches with a 4-2-3-1 formation, but had to change to a 4-4-1 after Ricky Spriggs’ red card at Stanway and the evidence was there, said Shinn, that the team has the potential to play a 4-4-2.
He added: “What it did show was that we could play two banks of four, so if we could get another striker up there it could give us more of a threat.”
Rovers will be without centre-back Nick Wilderspin (holiday) and midfielder Ross Elkins (suspension) on Saturday, but otherwise are at full strength.
Eighteen-year-old striker Rory Jebb could be in line for a first start in the team.
n Haverhill Borough are away at Welwyn Garden City in their FA Cup extra preliminary round tie on Saturday (3pm).