MANAGER Paul Smith believes his side will need to produce a ‘perfect performance’ today (Saturday) to avoid falling at the first hurdle in this season’s Emirates FA Cup.
Bromsgrove Sporting will make the trip to Dudley to face in-form West Midlands Regional League outfit Gornal Athletic in the extra preliminary round.
The clash comes after a frustrating start to the season for the Rouslers, who have squandered a host of chances in back-to-back draws against Southam United and Pelsall Villa.
Gornal, meanwhile, have racked up five goals in their opening two games and Smith said their opponents will continue their winning run if Sporting do not rediscover their eye for goal.
“This was probably the toughest draw we have had since I have been at the club,” Smith said.
“They are top of the West Midlands League and they are flying, so it is going to be really tough, especially as we are away from home.
“But it is just a matter of putting in a perfect performance. In the first two games of the season we have been at 80 per cent, so if we improve our finishing we should be there.
“If we had taken our chances against Southam and Pelsall we would have won handsomely and those are the issues I have brought to the table with the players this week.”
Bromsgrove will also be without midfielder Reece Hewitt, who came off the bench to help his side come from 2-0 down to clinch a draw at Pelsall on Tuesday night.
But Smith said he was confident the Rouslers had the players to turn their form around and potentially cause an upset at Gornal’s Garden Walk Stadium.
“We have definitely got firepower,” he added. “Josh McKenzie, Chrisi Conway, Sean Brain and Luke Corbett have all scored goals where ever they have been.
“The big issue we have got at the moment, is that nine times out of ten when they have had chances they have not taken the right option in the final third.
“They have tried to put their names in lights when there was a better pass on for someone else to finish it and until they become a team we are going to struggle.
“But make no bones about it there are goals in those four.”