Boro boss Deacey relishing cup challenge
Scarborough Athletic boss John Deacey is relishing the chance to grab another taste of FA Cup magic on Saturday.
Deacey's men take the trip to National League North outfit Southport, who are the highest-ranked club that Boro have faced in national competition since the club was formed in 2007.
The form book is discounted in everybody's favourite cup competition, but Boro will have to be at the very top of their game if they are to snatch a result at Haig Avenue.
Southport sit ninth in their division, while a rung below, Boro are 17th.
But Deacey has seen positive signs from Boro's start to the season and he feels that the club will soon be on the up.
"It is a very tough game, Southport are a great club with a great set-up," he said.
"We are definitely getting there though, the football we played in the first half on Saturday at Nantwich was some of the best we have played this season.
"That was a case of so close, but so far away. We should have gone in 3-0 up, then we had to take Chris Dawson and James Walshaw off and we just exploded in the second half.
"You don't realise how much you miss certain players when they are not there.
"We just lacked that experience to see out the game, but we will learn from that as a group.
"Nantwich's manager said to me that we were easily the best team they had played this season, which is something positive you can take from that defeat."
Success in the FA Cup would be nothing new to Deacey, who has sampled it as both a manager and a player.
He added: "When I was playing at Bishop Auckland we were six minutes away from playing Chelsea in 1990.
"We were beating Crewe Alexandra 2-1 and they were given the dodgiest penalty you have ever seen.
"They equalised, we lost the replay 2-0 and that was that.
"When I was manager of Bradford Park Avenue we played Doncaster in the second round. We gave them a real good game, but lost 2-1 at their place.
"At Farsley we drew 0-0 at home to MK Dons, but lost 2-0 back at their ground, which was the National Hockey Stadium.
"These were all great memories in what is a great competition."
Boro are looking to recruit before the weekend, but, unless sanctioned, any new signings would be unavailable for the second qualifying round tie.
Deacey is confident though that he will be boosted by the return of a handful of his current squad.
"We are working hard to bring players in, because we have been struggling for numbers.
"I went to watch Hull City's Under-23s against QPR and there were a couple of players that I liked the look of. I've spoken to Hull and we'll see what happens.
"We should have a few players back for the game as well, which will be a boost for us.
"A draw at their place wouldn't be the worst result in the world because then we could get them back to our place in front of our supporters.
"Whatever happens, we'll be doing our best on the day, which is all we can do."
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