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Turner is "quietly confident" of making FA Cup progress
FC CLACTON player-boss Ray Turner is “quietly confident” his side can cause an FA Cup upset.
The Seasiders have a first qualifying round replay at home to Brentwood Town tonight, after the sides drew 3-3 on Saturday.
The winners have the carrot of another home tie, against Harrow Borough or North Greenford.
And Turner, who was heartened by the way his side fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 down at the weekend, sees no reason why they can’t make progress at the expense of their Ryman One North rivals.
“I’m quietly confident,” said the striker.
“We didn’t play well and it was probably one of our worst performances of the season, on Saturday.
“I know we can go another two or three levels, but I don’t know if they’ve got another level.”
Turner admits he has a “massive” selection headache for tonight’s game, with four key players available again.
Skipper Tom Austin, Lee Peacock and Lee Clowsley missed the first match for personal reasons, while Stewart McFarlane pulled out due to sickness on Saturday morning.
“I’ve got a massive selection headache for tonight’s game,” said the Clacton manager.
“The four lads who missed out would, ordinarily, be in my starting 11.
“But now I’ve got a headache.
“Even without them I had a 15-man squad and there’s another three or four very good youngsters in our under-18s, who were unlucky to lose against Concord Rangers (in the FA Youth Cup) on Thursday.
“It’s brilliant. I’ve got so many options available and it’s exactly what I want.
“It’s a great problem to have.”
Clacton are the last step five Essex side left in the cup and one of only two teams left from the Thurlow Nunn League.
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