Maldon & Tiptree manager Wayne Brown feels his side could shock League Two Leyton Orient on Sunday. The Jammers head to East London in the first round proper of the FA Cup and the 42 year old insists his side aren’t overawed by the challenge. Speaking to metro “there is no fear factor. Orient are in League Two and we are a few divisions below. I get that but this is where the lads want to be. We can pit our wits against league opposition”.
- Sit 2nd in Isthmian North Division
- Won their last three games
- Unbeaten this season
Maldon are currently unbeaten this season, winning 19 and drawing once. The Jammers kept their 100% league record last weekend with a 3-1 home victory over Grays Athletic. A brace from top scorer Jorome Slew, who took his season tally to 20 and a Rob Girdlestone effort sealed the win.
The Jammers are the lowest ranked side in Round One and have already played five matches after entering the competition in the Preliminary Rounds. Brown highlighted to the Metro “ this is the biggest tie in the history of the club, we’ve never got this far before in the cup. Excitement breeds confidence. We have 18 goals in the FA Cup and are the top goalscorers in the competition”.
Despite knowing their FA Cup opponents for just under three weeks, the Jammers haven’t lost any focus on their league campaign. Brown praised his sides approach to every game insisting they will continue to take it game by game. Speaking to BBC Radio Essex “ our focus was to keep the lads focused, keep their mind on the league games we had. That’s still our priority. The application and desire was to get three points and concentrate on each game, it was second to none”.
- Kept seven clean sheets this season
- Kept two clean sheets in last three games
- Kept three in last five away games
- Only kept one clean sheet in their five FA Cup games this season
Brown admitted he would have loved the clash at home but described it as a “real good opportunity for the lads to go and express themselves at a decent level”. The former Colchester man highlighted the financial gain his side have received from the run and the exposure his players have seen since the draw. Speaking to BBC Radio Essex “I said to the lads after Royston, enjoy it, it doesn’t come around too much for a team like this and the players. It is important the players enjoy times like this”.
- Away Record this season – P7 W7 F17 A4
- Won all seven away games this season
- Three of their five FA Cup wins were away
- Unbeaten in last nine away games – W7 D2
- Only lost once away in 2019
Despite the four league and 77 place difference between the two sides, Brown is confident in his group of players but doesn’t like the underdog title as he is heading there to win. Speaking to the Metro “We will be trying to win the game. It’s all right saying we are the minnows, in the eighth tier but we are driven to win. We will just do what we normally do. I have full trust and faith in the players, I just hope nerves don’t get the bet of them on occasions like this”
The Jammers have won their last three games in all competitions and are still in the FA Trophy following several wins. Brown has praised the whole squad effort on their start to the season and knows they are in high spirits . Speaking to BBC Radio Essex “we are certainly in a good place, confidence wise. The lads are in a good place. Obviously the strikers will get the spotlight for scoring goals as the teams scored 75 in 20 games. It’s been a real team effort, we have created a lot of opportunities in every game”.
- Scored in every game this season
- Scored two or more goals in all 20 games
- Scored in last 25 competitve games
- Only failed to score in in one of their last 41 games
- Scored in last 23 away games
Last Time Out – 2/11/2019 – Maldon & Tiptree 3-1 Grays Athletic