Crawley Wasps face arguably the most important game in the club’s 27-year history on Sunday when they travel to Coventry United in the third round of the Women’s FA Cup.
Wasps have not reached this stage of the competition before and victory over higher-division Coventry would put them in the fourth-round hat alongside Women’s Super League giants such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Opponents Coventry are top of the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier Division, the third tier of the women’s game and one above Wasps.
But boss Paul Walker insists his side will not be overawed, particularly after overcoming Chichester – who sit second behind Coventry – in the previous round.
“It’s going to be a tough game but the squad is highly motivated,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity. It’s the furthest we’ve ever been in this competition but we’re probably better equipped to take on this level of opposition than we’ve ever been.
“If we can get a result at Coventry, who knows who we might draw? We could have an amazing day for Crawley as a club and a town if we win. And it’ll be another step towards putting us on the map.
“I know their manager and she will have done her homework on us, as we have on them. It’s going to be a very exciting game.”
Wasps have already dispatched Denham United, Chesham United, QPR Development and Chichester, winning £2,800 for the club – with a further £1,000 up for grabs to whoever wins on Sunday.
Kick off at Daventry Town FC is 1pm.