Striker targets FA Cup run (Reading Evening Post)

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Striker targets FA Cup run (Reading Evening Post)

Post  RTFC Barmy Army on Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:04 pm

Link: http://www.getreading.co.uk/sport/football/goalpost/s/2055658_striker_targets_fa_cup_run

Reading Evening Post by Adam Lee wrote:Reading Town hot shot Graham Lewis believes the club is ready to break the habit of a lifetime and put together a decent FA Cup run.

Town host Toolstation Western League Premier Division side Melksham Town tomorrow in the extra preliminary round (3pm kick-off) as they look to earn a bit of extra cash in the national cup competition.

“I can’t remember the last time we won a game in the FA Cup so I’m hoping we can change that on Saturday,” said Lewis, who top scored for the club with 35 goals last year.

“Melksham are in a division below us and we’re also at home so we should be looking to progress.

“If we get through we’ll have Bishops Cleeve in the next round so we might have a good chance of progressing even further.”

Confidence couldn’t be higher in the Town camp following a devastating 6-0 defeat of Hook Norton in their opening league match on Tuesday night.

Lewis helped himself to two of the goals on the night, and also won two penalties, but after regular spot-kick taker Aaron Parfitt missed the second, Lewis has hinted he may twist the ear of manager Colin Millard to try and become the penalty taker himself.

“Apart from the first five minutes we dominated – it was all us,” added Lewis.

“It should have been more than six really. Fingers crossed, if I can stay free of injury I can get about the same amount of goals as last season, or maybe even more.

“I think we can go close and finish in at least the top two, but I think it will be between us, Almondsbury, Shortwood and Witney.

“It’s just about keeping everyone fit because we haven’t got a particularly big squad.”

Skipper Dave Mills is a doubt having suffered an ankle injury in last Saturday’s friendly with Cricklade Town, while big defender Mike Hancock completes a suspension.

Meanwhile, Binfield play their first ever FA Cup tie at home against Combined Counties Premier side Colliers Wood United (3pm kick-off).

Boss Steve McClurg is expected to stay with a similar side to the one which beat Highworth Town 1-0 in the league on Tuesday.
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