CHIPPENHAM Town chief Nathan Rudge says there’s no way his team can afford to take any opponents lightly – and that includes FA Cup third qualifying round visitors Badshot Lea.
The Bluebirds have been drawn at home to the Surrey-based Combined Counties League outfit, who have already claimed two Isthmian League scalps on route to Hardenhuish Park on October 6.
Rudge’s men also host local rivals Swindon Supermarine in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy this weekend and the Bluebirds boss said: “We have to play to our maximum in every game because, at this level, we’re not good enough to think that we don’t have to give it our all against sides from lower leagues.
“From the reports I’ve had, (Badshot Lea) are a good side with a bit of money behind them and they’re looking to do a Truro and get up the leagues.
“You’re happy to be drawn at home but we’ve got a very hard game on our hands.
“Supermarine are in the league below now but (manager0 Dave Webb is putting together a good side there with good young players and we’ll have to go full tilt to win that game.”
Ashley Williams serves the second game of his suspension for his red card against Mangotsfield United while James Guthrie misses out after being diagnosed with broken bones in his hand.
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