Denny Ingram feels that Scarborough Athletic will be underdogs when they take the trip to Spennymoor in the FA Cup on Saturday.
Boro’s big-spending opponents won the Northern League last time out and boast a number of players who assistant-manager Ingram believes are playing well below their level.
Athletic won’t be going there to make up the numbers though, as the club has been buoyed by confidence after their two opening NCEL Premier wins.
Ingram said: “We used to play Spennymoor every pre-season and they always had a decent calibre of footballer.
“Many of these clubs and players focus a lot of their attention on the cup competitions because they tend to not want to go up out of the Northern League.
“A lot of these lads could play football at a much higher level, but because of jobs and the very good money there is in that league, they stay put.
“A lot of the clubs pay better money than teams like Whitby Town, so why would they want to travelling if they are being paid less?
“If you look at the FA Vase last season, three of the four semi-finalists came from the Northern League.
“We will probably go into the game as underdogs, but we are not going there to make up the numbers.
“Ideally we would want to be at home, but it is a one-off and we are in confident mood after two good wins in the league.
“Winning does breed confidence in the club, but Spennymoor will provide us with a tough task.
“We have had a decent pre-season though and we have brought some good lads in to slot in alongside the ones we already had.
“A lot of our lads have played at a higher level as well, like Ollie Ryan and Pete Davison.
“They all have standards and this rubs off on the other lads in the side.”
A cup run would be nice for Ingram, but the former Scarborough FC defender is more focused on keeping their league dream ignited.
Ingram, who has yet to feature as a player this season, added: “The FA Cup can sometimes be a hindrance rather than a help. We have to be realistic, we aren’t going to win it.
“Although it would be nice to have a run, it isn’t the be all and end all. Our main focus this season is the league.”