Cocoracchio knows Magpies face a tough test at in-form Ashford

JPCT 251014 S14450725x Football. County League Division 1 - Broadbridge Heath v Loxwood -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141027-091630001
JPCT 251014 S14450725x Football. County League Division 1 - Broadbridge Heath v Loxwood -photo by Steve Cobb SUS-141027-091630001
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Loxwood manager Dave Cocoracchio knows his side will face a tough test in their FA Vase first-round tie at Ashford Town on Saturday.

The Middlesex-based Combined Counties League side sit second in the Premier Division on a formidable run.

They have taken 37 from a possible 39 points since an opening-day defeat this season.

There is £900 prize money up for grabs for the winners and a place in the second round.

As well as expecting a tough clash, Cocoracchio believes his side performs well against tough opposition.

He said: “We are looking at it as though we are playing a Ryman South side as they look, on current form, as though they will get promoted and their aim was to go straight back up.

“Going to their place will be a very, very tough ask, but I think when my boys are at their best is when they are playing the best teams.

“We’ll keep the performance at a really high level and go without any fear, but giving them the respect they deserve. The managers and players are going there without any fear and to test ourselves.”

The Magpies will be without Ollie Gill (away), Ross Swaine (suspended), while Mark Cave and Lewis Scally are doubts. Cocoracchio added: “I have belief in the whole squad and it gives the other boys an opportunity to come in and stake a claim.”