Kevin is aiming to take up the Shortwood Slack
STRIKER Kevin Slack is aiming to fill the FA Cup boots of hot-shot Duncan Culley ahead of Shortwood’s biggest game in their history.
The Wood welcome Skrill Premier Aldershot Town to Meadowbank on Saturday, (3pm) in the fourth and final qualifying round of the world’s oldest sporting competition, but will be forced to do without their lucky talisman, who bagged the winner in the last round put picked up a booking in the 1-0 victory at ver Didcot Town and will be forced to watch from the stands.
However, replacement Slack is no stranger to the romance of the FA Cup and created his very own history when being named FA Cup Player of the round in 2004 after scoring five goals for his former club Bishop’s Cleeve in a 5-3 win over Highworth Town.
The Cheltenham-based striker also won an engraved silver salver and a VIP seat at the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Arsenal and a half-time introduction to the crowd. His scoring exploits even earned him a trial at Cheltenham Town
“ It was a brilliant experience to win the award and to have a day out at the FA Cup Final,” Slack recalled.
Slack feels he’s more than capable of stepping into Culley’s boots after a lengthy spell on the injury sidelines.
“I have just got over tendonitis in my patella and I scored in my comeback against Mertyhr last week, so I can now kick-on and score more and what a better way to do it against Aldershot in the biggest game in the club’s history.”
John Evans’ Evans’ and Alex Sykes’ Meadowbank side have already pocketed £16,925 in prize money with a further £12,500 bounty on the table for a potential conquering of the former Football League outfit.
Relegated from the Football League last season, Aldershot were deducted 10 points at the start of the season for going into administration and are currently second bottom of the Skrill Premier table.
However, they have won six of their 16 games so far this season and would sit in a comfortable mid-table spot but for the points deduction.
Their squad includes former Forest Green left-back Anthony Tonkin and one time Republic of Ireland midfield man Martin Rowlands. They lost 3-2 at home to Alfreton on Saturday.
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