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Thursday, 5 December, 2002, 16:19 GMT
Wilson eyes Cup run
Southport's Haig Avenue hosts FA Cup action this week

Southport manager Phil Wilson believes his side is destined for something big in the FA Cup - provided they can get past Conference rivals Farnborough on Saturday.

Port have already had their taste of the limelight in this season's competition, after coming from behind to knock out Notts County in front of the Match of the Day cameras in round one.

But Wilson still thinks the best is yet to come.

He said: "If we can get into the third round, I can feel it in my water that we are going to get a big club. I think it's our turn.

"But we've got to get through this game first and if we treat Farnborough lightly, we will do so at our peril."

Wilson has been to the third round three times as a player, and was once a replay away from a trip to Highbury only to lose at Barnsley with Caernarfon Town.

He also had his share of glory with cup kings Altrincham, and is out for more.

Farnborough, four places below Southport in the Conference, may not be classed as such a threat to those aspirations as Notts County.

But the Hampshire side are on a decent run, and Wilson insists there will be no complacency in the home ranks.

"I think the players realise what's at the end of it," he said.

"This is a massive game for us and very important for the club."

Port's preparation has not been ideal, with back-to-back home defeats by Yeovil and Chester since the last round of the Cup.

However, Wilson insists that decent showings against the Conference's top two sides means confidence has not been dented.

And he believes a line has been drawn under the incidents that occurred at half-time in the clash against Chester when Wilson, his defender Barry Jones and City boss Mark Wright were involved in an altercation.

"It was a storm in a tea-cup," Wilson insisted.

"The managers shook hands after the game and I was flabbergasted so much was made of it. The newspaper reports were way over the top."

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