AT 3pm tomorrow Uttoxeter Town will have “arrived” says manager Mark Grimley.
Town travel to Lichfield City for a Staffs FA Vase fixture in what will be their biggest test since switching to Saturday football – and Grimley is quietly confident,
“It’s massive, a huge game for the football club,” said the Town boss. “It feels we have arrived at last.
“That’s no disrespect to what we have done so far, or the Staffs Senior League.
“But Saturday afternoon, a three o’clock kick-off at a step six ground – it’s where we want to be.
“Saturday afternoon at three o’clock is when you play proper football.”
Grimley watched Midland Combination Premier outfit Lichfield in action against Brocton last month.
He said: “From what we saw they are a nice pretty footballing side. They like to get the ball down and play out from the back.
“We know what they are about to some degree.
“But we will go there and play our own game. We set ourselves up a little differently away from home.
“We make ourselves hard to beat. We have improved defensively.
“There’s no reason why this team cannot compete with step six sides.
“I have a fantastic group of players. There’s quality throughout the club.
“I quietly fancy our chances on Saturday. The lads are bang up for it.”
Town geared up for the Lichfield test with an 8-1 thumping of Ashbourne in the Leek Cup.
Grimley used the clash to give minutes to some of Town’s fringe players, and was suitably impressed.
The likes of Ollie Crooks and goalkeeper Karl Smith shone for the Uttoxeter outfit in last weekend’s rout.
“We beat Ashbourne something like 8-1 last season,” said Grimley. “It shows that last season we were not fluking 8-1 results.
“We were beating teams and beating them well. The ones who came did really well.
“I had 19 players there on Saturday. Three didn’t even get a shirt. But they will all get their chance over the course of the season.”