Wednesday 07th September 2005

Hume knows what to expect from Burnham

Maidstone United manager Lloyd Hume is confident his side can win their FA Cup First Qualifying Round tie against Burnham on Saturday - if they fulfill their potential, writes Stephen McCartney.

The Stones came away from former FA Vase winners, Winchester City with a 3-0 win in the preliminary round two weeks ago, and now host the Southern League Division One West outfit at Bourne Park.

Speaking about their win in Hampshire, Hume, in an EXCLUSIVE interview with www.kentishfootball.co.uk said: "To be honest I've said all along if we can perform at our maximum we can beat anyone at our standard and potentially a league up - if we perform to our maximum potential.

"However, after the initial 20 minutes, where they played us off the park, we performed well.  3-0 was a bit harsh on them but we deserved to win the game."

The Stones go into Saturday's tie going well in the Kentish Observer League, sitting in second place and unbeaten with 13 points from five games - two points behind Beckenham Town who have won their first five league games.

And if someone had told Hume his side would have collected 13 points at this stage of the season, the former Tonbridge Angels and Sittingbourne defender admitted: "I would have taken that at the beginning of the season."

Looking ahead to Burnham, Hume said: "I've played against them at least ten times but didn't see them at all last year.

"They are normally a big, strong physical team and they will be a stern test for us.

"They are a league above us and it will be a tough game, but if we play to our potential we'll win it.  If we are below par, we'll lose."

Morale in the camp is "very positive" but Jimmy Strouts (2 weeks) and Simon Austin (1 week) are suspended.

If Hume does guide the club to promotion he'd would rather manage in the Southern League than the Ryman.  "Given the choice I'd pick the Southern League as I know more about it," he said.

"The Southern League is where I've played all my football but I'd take either if promotion was given to me."

Maidstone United v Burnham
FA Cup First Qualifying Round
Saturday 10th September 2005
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Bourne Park, Central Park, Eurolink, Church Road, Sittingbourne