Southport's FA Cup run can continue - Liam Watson

Liam Watson
Watson returned to manage Southport in 2008 after a spell with Burscough

Southport boss Liam Watson believes his team have a great chance of progressing in the FA Cup after being drawn at home to Barnet in the first round.

The Sandgrounders beat Stockport 1-0 on Saturday in the fourth qualifying round to set up the tie at Haig Avenue.

"It's a tough draw for us but it's a tough draw for Barnet as well," Watson told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"The good thing is we're at home. They're struggling as well so it gives us a good chance to progress."

Watson has led Southport to seventh in the Blue Square Bet Premier, although the Sandgrounders boss is not getting carried away and wants his players to guarantee their league survival.

After two tricky cup draws so far, he admits a good run in the competition could do wonders for the team.

"The draw hasn't been kind to us so far," Watson added.

"We had Stockport County in the qualifying rounds and Barnet in the first round, when there were plenty of non-league clubs still in it.

"If we do get through, you then want that little bit of luck to give you the chance of pulling a Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United or Chelsea in the third round. But we've got a tough game to get through against Barnet.

"We're not kidding ourselves, everyone in non-league wants to pick one of the big teams. Not only because it give you a fabulous day but it also sets the club up for the next 10 years."