Swindon Supermarine boss Gary Horgan wants FA Cup repeat

Gary Horgan
Horgan and joint manager Matt Robinson were appointed in May

Swindon Supermarine joint manager Gary Horgan believes last season's FA Cup run has helped them prepare for this year's FA Trophy campaign.

Marine reached the second round of the Cup for the first time in their history last term, but lost out to Colchester.

They are hoping to emulate that run in the Trophy first round on Saturday against Luton, who are 57 places above them in the league standings.

He told BBC Wiltshire: "That run can help you prepare for games like Luton."

Horgan continued: "We've likened it to that [Colchester].

"Pretty much everyone said it would be nice to get Luton away. We know they're not going to get the crowds they get in the league but it will be a nice experience.

"But you can become overawed. Even in a pre-season when we faced Swindon Town, when there were 3,000 there. The players froze that day so that's going to be the big thing for us."

Horgan's side, who secured their place in the first round after a 1-0 win over Tiverton, have been struggling in the Southern Premier League this term and are currently fourth from bottom.

And he is under no illusions about the tough test they will face against their Blue Square Bet Premier opposition at Kenilworth Road.

"I like to think we might give them a game but I'm not sure even my vivid imagination stretches to a replay at the moment, but stranger things have happened," added Horgan.

"There's usually an upset and there's no reason why it can't be us so we'll go there and do our best."