BROMSGROVE Sporting need to focus on the present and future rather than past when they tackle their FA Cup conquerors on Saturday.
Rouslers boss Paul Smith admits his side were given a ‘good hiding’ when Hinckley AFC came to the Victoria Ground in the FA Cup preliminary round in August and recorded a 6-2 win.
Sporting’s squad – which is set to include two new recruits – will need no further inspiration than looking to prove a point, but Smith stressed the need for three points is more important than simple revenge.
After last weekend’s 3-0 win at Littleton, Sporting lie fourth in the table and Smith wants to crank up the momentum ahead of the always-vital festive period.
“Playing Hinckley is going to be a massive game, in front of another big crowd,” said Smith. “They turned us over when they came to the Victoria Ground in the FA Cup, but Saturday is all about getting the points to build on the last couple of results.
“We had a man sent off after ten minutes in the Cup game and they turned us over in good style. We got a good hiding. If it had been11 v 11, I think it would have been different.
“But that’s gone now. We’ve won seven out of the last eight games and that has put us in a good position going into the Christmas period.
“I’ve always felt the squad is better than any I’ve put together, but we had been playing as individuals. We’ve made a few tweaks and, though we lost at Coventry United when I felt we were the better team, that performance has really sparked this run.”
Smith hopes to have two new recruits in his squad, having made moves for Jake Wilcox from Cadbury Athletic and Hinckley’s Nathan Walker.
Wilcox, a versatile defender, has previously played under Smith at Studley, while Walker can play in the centre of midfield. Walker was set to train last night with a view to signing.