Sutton Coldfield Town manager Neil Tooth is excited ahead of his side’s big clash with Birmingham City.
The Royals, who are unbeaten in their last two league games, take on Blues in round one of the Birmingham Senior Cup at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club on Tuesday (October 19th) at 7:45pm.
Tooth said: “It’s a big game for us, it’s always really exciting when you get to play against one of the big local professional clubs at your ground in the senior cup, and we know they (Birmingham) will be sending a young team but they are full time professionals so fitness and ability wise they should be better and stronger than us but it doesn’t always work like that when you come to non-league.
“Therefore, we are really excited and looking forward to it.
“We’ve won our last two games and the lads are playing really well at the moment, so we are really confident and looking forward to testing ourselves against a professional club.”
Sutton won the cup in 2011 and were runners up in 2013. Birmingham, meanwhile, won the competition in 2015 and made the final 12 months later.
Tooth added: “This is a cup we’ve (Sutton) won in the past, and we’ve got to the final and semi-final a couple of times, so it’s a good cup for us.
“It’s the county cup so it’s a good chance to test ourselves against all of the good clubs within the county. We want to go far again this time and repeat our history.”
Tooth’s side have one slight injury concern going into the game. They are otherwise set to have a full strength squad to take on Blues, who are likely to send a young team.
He said: “We have no major concerns going into the game, what we will probably have to do is rest Harris, who made his comeback from injury on Saturday after being out for six weeks. We will be looking to give the lads who haven’t played as much the last couple of weeks some minutes. But overall we will have a strong full squad to pick from.”
The Royals U21s side have not lost a game this season, with some of those junior players likely to be in contention for the match.
Tooth added: “We haven’t bought anyone new into the squad, we may have a couple of our U21s who’ve been performing well added in to the team. But no new signings.
“If we beat them it will be an upset but not a massive one, as in previous years we’ve beaten West Brom and Walsall. But of course, we are going into the game with a view to win and we are determined to get through to the next round.”
The game will take place at Coles Lane (B72 1NL) on Tuesday October 19, at 7:45pm. For tickets go to the Sutton Coldfield Town website: https://suttoncoldfieldtownfc.ktckts.com/
Prices start at just £3 per ticket.