AFC Totton 'chuffed' with FA Cup first round proper debut

FA Cup first round - AFC Totton v Bradford Park Avenue

Venue:
Testwood Stadium
Date:
12 November
Kick-off:
1500 GMT
Coverage:
Live commentary on BBC Radio Solent

AFC Totton manager Stuart Ritchie says he is "chuffed" to have made the opening round of the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history.

Ritchie's Southern League side take on fellow non-league outfit Bradford Park Avenue in the first round proper and he is backing his side to beat them.

"I'm really chuffed for the club," Ritchie told BBC Radio Solent.

"We've had a lot of success over the past few years and have been close a couple of times to making this round."

Totton also celebrate their centenary this season and Ritchie says it is fitting they have coincided that with making FA Cup history.

Ritchie is also confident his side can defeat Bradford Park Avenue and earn a place in the hat for round two.

"Continuity has been the secret of our success this season," he added.

"It's been hard getting to this point and we have a really tough match on Saturday. We've watched Bradford and we know it will be very difficult.

"We have to give it a real go but I believe in this team and I am confident we can do it."

Ritchie says the club have revelled in the attention they have received since making the first round and has challenged them to continue their success.

"The exposure has been fantastic and we need to grab hold of it," said Ritchie.

"We were a small club a few years ago and we have grown very quickly and we need to maintain this momentum."

He added: "The team are excited, we have got here through hard work and determination and I'm sure on Saturday the boys will be right up for it."

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