Ryan Austin: “I am proud of the team and how far we got.”

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Kidsgrove Athletic manager Ryan Austin was proud of his side following their valiant run to the FA Cup fourth qualifying round.

Austin’s charges had their hearts broken by former Football League stalwarts Hartlepool United last Saturday, who struck in the early stages of the game to progress into the First Round Proper.

However, Grove’s boss believes his men will take confidence from last weekend’s performance as they turn their attention to the FA Trophy, starting with their first-qualifying round encounter against Southern League side Yaxley on Saturday.

“I am proud of the team and how far we got.”

“We only got beat by a team three leagues above by one goal, and the goal that we did concede was one that we could have avoided.

“I was happy that they didn’t rip us open or really pull us apart in the game, and we did have genuine chances to probably earn a replay.

“It should give the lads belief and trust in themselves that we are a good side because we do have good ability within the dressing room.

“We will definitely take the positives from that game and the from the results we have already had this season.

“Throughout the season we have picked up some good results in the FA Cup and FA Trophy, so we will be going into the game with a positive mindset and hope to come out with a positive result.”

“We want to go as far as we can in the FA Trophy,” he added.

“You need a bit of luck in the draw along the way but we feel as though we are a match for anyone in our league and perhaps the league above.

“We will approach every game as it comes but it is something we definitely want to progress in.”

The Cuckoos are sitting in 13th place in the tier below, but Austin is well aware of the threat that the Cambridgeshire side possess.

“We have done a bit of research on them, we know that they are definitely a threat going forward.

“They score goals, we know we have to be switched on defensively because I have had a reports saying that they are an attacking threat after every game they have played this season.

“But, we pride ourselves on being good defensively, so as long as we are switched on at the back then we will be a match for them.

“We just hope our attacking players will go out and win us the game.”

“The team need to be as positive as we can.

“We are on the back of a good result against Colne in the week and I feel like we are on our game, so there is that positive mindset around the group of players that we should be more than a match for anyone.

“I want us to take the game to them with us being at home.”

Meanwhile, Austin has been handed a major boost ahead of the tie at the Novus Stadium with the return of skipper Anthony Malbon, but goalkeeper duo Krystian and Dominic Kurasik remain doubtful after missing the last match to injury.

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