Steyning Town manager Alan Skipper hopes their shock win over Horsham can spur on the belief to carry on their FA Vase run.
Lee Garnham’s 117th-minute header proved enough to send the Barrowmen through to the second round of the competition as they parked the bus and forced extra-time in the derby clash on Saturday.
The division-higher Hornets had dominated much of the clash, but failed to break down a resolute home defence in front of a bumper crowd at The Shooting Field.
Town’s reward is an away tie at Southern Counties East League side Ashford United - a side they lost 2-0 to in the first qualifying round two years ago.
Skipper now believes that his side should hold little fear in the competition.
He said: “Away to Ashford United will be a tough test indeed, but any tougher than Horsham? We will certainly go there giving them respect they deserve but again will not go there to make up the numbers.
“I note they attract 200 plus at home games so hopefully we can take a few supporters of our own and bring back a positive result to allow this journey to continue.
“I am confident we have the right set of players to do ourselves justice at Ashford. Our players were immense on Saturday and the management and myself quietly fancied they could pull it off.”
On Saturday’s win the Town boss backed their strict game plan for paying off, “It was an epic game against a very decent side,” he added.
“But I thought we got our game plan spot on and the lads deserve all the credit for applying it for the full 120 minutes.
At half-time we discussed a couple of areas we felt that we could hurt them and one was set-pieces, low and behold up steps Garnham to head home a beauty from a wicked cross follow up from a corner.
“All respect to Horsham though they worked hard pushing and probing for the full 120 minutes, but they met their match on the day. I am sure they have the quality to really bounce back and go on to win the league.”
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