MIDFIELDER Iain Harvey is certain that Chippenham Town won’t be feeling sorry for themselves when they take on Sholing in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy this weekend.
The Bluebirds’ FA Cup run was brought to a heart-wrenching end last weekend, as a 91st-minute goal at Gloucester City sent the Conference North Tigers towards a home clash with League One Leyton Orient in the first round proper.
But Harvey says that his teammates should be proud of their display at Cheltenham Town’s Whaddon Road and insists they’ll be raring to go when they turn their attentions to the Trophy at Hardenhuish Park.
“It was devastating on Saturday but it’s gone now and we’ve got to forget about it,” said Harvey.
“It was a game all about individual battles and as far as I’m concerned, all of the lads did themselves proud.
“I spoke to a few of their players and they agreed that a draw was the least we deserved from the game.
“But in football, you don’t always get what you deserve.
“The FA Cup is a bonus and you know you haven’t got a chance of winning it but the Trophy is a competition where you could realistically go quite far.
“I’m sure Rudgey (player-boss Nathan Rudge) and Rich (Fey, assistant manager) will be drumming into us about how last weekend is gone now and we’ll be ready for another tough game. I know there won’t be any hangover whatsoever.”
Harvey is relishing the extra competition for a starting spot in the centre of midfield from new boy Adie Harris, who joined from Bath City last week.
He added: “I’ve played against Adie lots of times and he’s a very good, athletic player.’’ Defender Tyrone Mings and goalkeeper Ben John should return after they were cup-tied last weekend, but defender Clayton Fortune will miss out after featuring in the Trophy for Mangotsfield United in the preliminary round.