Southend Manor chairman eyes FA Cup upset

Bob Westley
Westley's side are third in the Essex Senior League

Essex Senior League side Southend Manor are eyeing an upset in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Manor, who are the second lowest-ranked team left in the competition, have been drawn at Kettering who play in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Chairman Bob Westley told BBC Essex: "They're not exactly setting their league on fire and the way my boys are playing, anything's possible.

"We're going to give it a good crack, you can be sure of that."

Southend Manor are buzzing - Westley

Manor have reached this stage of the competition for the first time in their 56-year history and they have become the first Essex Senior League side to achieve the feat since 1993.

Westley added: "I said that if I'd take anything away it needs to be someone who puts a few on the gate.

"I understand they have an average of 1,500, it can't get much better than that."

Southend Manor have already won through five rounds and have beaten four sides from higher divisions in the process.

They started with a win over Takeley in the extra preliminary round, and have gone on to knock out Cheshunt, Chertsey, Romford and Leighton.

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