We must finish off the job, insists Pennock - EXCLUSIVE

Wednesday 18th October 2006

Calm Welling United manager Adrian Pennock has issued a rallying cry to the Park View Road faithful to outsing their AFC Hornchurch conterparts to get the Kent club through to the fourth and final qualifying round of the FA Cup tonight, writes Stephen McCartney.

A passionate crowd of 1,002 witnessed an enthralling 1-1 draw at Bridge Avenue on Saturday, and Pennock wants his Nationwide Conference South side to finish off the job against a side that have lost just once in their Ryman League Division One North campaign.

The Wings squandered a whole host of first half chances on Saturday, but deservedly took the lead on 20 minutes when former Thurrock defender Ronnie Fletcher put through his own net following Jamie Day’s corner.

But the impressive Mark Janney, whose reported to be having a 4pm fitness test ahead off tonight‘s showdown between these two very good sides, netted his eleventh goal of the season early in the second half to earn tonight’s lucrative replay.

Another passionate crowd, of over 1,000 is expected at Park View Road, and Pennock said EXCLUSIVELY to www.kentishfootball.co.uk that his side must be the one that welcomes Southern Premier League side Clevedon Town in the fourth qualifying round on 28 October.

“It’s a must-win situation end off really,” said Pennock. "We’ve got to win. It’s a massive for both teams, but obviously it’s a must win situation for us through financial reasons.

“We’re under no illusions. It will be a difficult game like Saturday, but we’re all looking forward to it.”

The Urchins' faithful got behind their side passionately on Saturday, and Pennock wants the same from his fans tonight.

“It is massively important. We need them at the end of the day. They’ve been behind me since I’ve been at the club,” he said. It’s important that the fans get behind us from the first whistle to the last.”

With Janney a constant threat on Saturday, Pennock is fully aware any AFC Hornchurch player can hurt his side.

“It’s not the case of stopping him we’ve got another ten to stop as well,” he said.

“He is a good player but I would want them to worry about my players rather than me worrying about them.

“I have respect for all the players who play against us, but he is a good player but we do have another ten players to look after.

“The biggest thing for me on a match day is to worry about my players. They can perform and can be a handful for any team.

But Pennock revealed he is not under pressure from the owners to emulate last season by reaching the first round proper, when they bravely exited the competition at Huddersfield Town.

"There has been no pressure from the football club.  Graham and Barrie Hobbins haven't told us to get to the first round.  We done exceptional to get there last season.

"We haven't put in a budget to get into the first half.  I don't feel pressure, what will be, will be."

Pennock is keeping his team selection quiet until both team sheets are handed in 45 minutes before kick-off, but he added: “I’m really looking forward to the game. If the two teams play like they did on Saturday it will be an entertaining game for everybody and I want the right result for us.”

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Welling United v AFC Hornchurch
FA Cup (Sponsored by E.ON) Third Qualifying Round Replay
Wednesday 18th October 2006
Kick Off 7:45pm
At Park View Road, Welling, Kent DA16 1SY