Stourbridge skipper Ben Billingham eyes Plymouth scalp

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Stourbridge beat local rivals Rushall Olympic 5-0 to reach the first round

Stourbridge skipper Ben Billingham insists his team will not be overawed when they visit Plymouth Argyle in the first round of the FA Cup.

The Glassboys have only reached this stage once before, losing 1-0 at home to near neighbours Walsall in 2009.

"Touch wood we get a result. Even if we bring them back here, the hype would be amazing," Billingham, 22, told BBC WM.

"We've just got to go there and play football how we can and hopefully cause an upset."

Billingham set for FA Cup battle

The central midfielder enjoyed his first taste of round one when the Saddlers visited Amblecote two years ago, but he is pleased to have been given an away draw this time.

Plymouth and Stourbridge were the last two names out of the hat, and might have come out the other way round had 1987 FA Cup winner Keith Houchen not dropped one ball back into the pot.

"To be fair, when he dropped the ball I was happy he did," said the former Wolves schoolboy. "I played here against Walsall, so I've played at home and seen it. To go away to a club like Plymouth is a different level."

Two years on from that last first-round appearance, more than half of the squad that were involved are still with the Glassboys and could feature at Home Park this weekend.

And with Stourbridge pushing for a play-off place in the Southern Premier League there is plenty of evidence to suggest the club are going places.

"You can see it on and off the pitch," Billingham noted. "Off the pitch you see people are doing stuff to try and make the team go forward.

"And the consistency and the gel of the team is just class, to be fair."

Managed by former West Brom midfielder Gary Hackett, Stourbridge warmed up for the Plymouth tie with a 6-0 midweek win at Kendal in the FA Trophy.

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