Former Saint still dreaming of FA Cup glory

Matt Taylor will be part of the Chesham United squad to face Bradford City in the FA Cup. Picture: L

Matt Taylor will be part of the Chesham United squad to face Bradford City in the FA Cup. Picture: LEIGH PAGE - Credit: Archant

St Albans City may have left the competition in the first round but for one of their former sons, the FA Cup dream is still very much a reality.

Matt Taylor will step out with his Chesham United team-mates at Valley Parade, home of Bradford City, this Sunday in the second round.

And Taylor, who left City in the summer, will be hoping United can continue their giant-killing ways, which started with victory at League Two Bristol Rovers in round one.

He said: “To go to Bristol was brilliant and to get another great draw is fantastic. Everyone is delighted.

“The club have things planned for us to enjoy on Saturday, then it’s an early night and ready for the game.

“The manager will have us set-up with a gameplan. We know what we can do and we’re full of confidence.”

Their preparation has been disrupted with a FA Trophy replay against Frome Town tonight (Tuesday) to overcome first but Taylor says they are looking at it in a positive way.

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“It’s not ideal,” he said, “but we are used to the game build-up. And this is just another 90 minutes and another game in the preparation.”

And he admitted that it was hard not to look beyond the game to Bradford.

He said: “We try not to [talk about it] as the league is the most important thing but we do start when the manager isn’t looking.”

The midfielder is enjoying life at the Evo-Stik Southern Premier side, and thinks performances have been good even if the results haven’t always agreed.

He added: “The management has been great to me. This is the first club I have been at that is away from the home comforts of St Albans.

“We haven’t been doing as well as we would have like in the league but we have been playing well and just need the results.”

He also spoke about his former managers at St Albans City, James Gray and Graham Golds.

He said: “They were both brilliant with me and the team. You cannot ask for two better people. They have got a good team; something must have gone wrong this season.

“But they have got a good record and I am sure they will take some time out and come back stronger.”