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Godbold banking on magic of the cup

PUBLISHED: 08:01 07 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:07 06 July 2010

LOWESTOFT Town winger Jamie Godbold believes the magic and the mystery of the FA Cup can help his side spring a major shock today.

The 29-year-old is in his tenth season with Town and has played a key part in helping the Blues reach Wembley in th FA Vase in 2008 and to the semi-finals and promotion last season.

LOWESTOFT Town winger Jamie Godbold believes the magic and the mystery of the FA Cup can help his side spring a major shock today.

The 29-year-old is in his tenth season with Town and has played a key part in helping the Blues reach Wembley in th FA Vase in 2008 and to the semi-finals and promotion last season.

He has yet to enjoy a really good FA Cup run, but having helped the team beyond two teams from higher leagues in Boston and Gloucester City so far this year, Godbold is targeting a special hat-trick against Wrexham tomorrow.

And the popular wideman says the Trawler Boys have the ability to do in arguably the biggest game of the club's history.

“Without using too many cliches, it's the magic of the FA Cup,” he said. “You never know what's going to happen. If we turn up and play as well as we know that we can, and they have an off day, who's to say we can't go through to the second round?

“We're confident. As long as we play as well as we know we can then we'll be in with a chance.

“Both games against Gloucester, the first game and the replay, we deserved to win the game, so obviously that's given us a lot of confidence. A lot of the players have played in leagues above ours anyway, so it's given us a positive attitude towards the Wrexham game.

“They got some very experienced players who have played at very good levels. We've not got not Premiership standard players, apart from Gary Holt, but we've got players who can play and I'm sure we'll be able to give them a run for their money.”

Godbold has played more than 420 games and scored nearly 140 goals for his hometown team in two spells since first signing in 2000, and despite being key component in the Blues' successes in recent seasons he says, the FA Cup tops the lot.

“I've been at the club for a very long time, this is my tenth year now - that's why I've got my grey hairs these days!” he said. “But this is as big as it comes. We've had the Vase final and the Vase semi-final last year, but what I've never had since I've been at the club is a good FA Cup run. It's good to now have that under my belt.

“But the last thing I want is for it to finish in the first round.

“We've had the taste of playing at Wembley, but this is something that none of the present players have had a really good run in, to get on Match of the Day and picking up a really team is something we wanted this round, and Wrexham are obviously a big name and a club with lots of tradition and we want this run to continue.

“At this level of football to reach the first round is very exciting for the players, for the management and for everybody involved at the club.

“Since the Gloucester game all eyes have turned to this game and once we got Saturday's league game out of the way, we could focus on the job in hand.

“The mood is really positive and everyone's really excited and looking forward to it.”

Godbold is an FA and Tesco skills coach and well known around Lowestoft for his work with youngsters in schools around the area and was working with a group of five to 11-year-olds at the town's Raw Soccer centre yesterday.

And Godbold is a fans favourite amongst the Crown Meadow faithful, thanks to his dazzling displays down the wings.

Now he is hoping huge swathes of the blue and white army will make the trek across to north Wales to see the Trawler Boys take on Dean Saunders' Blues Square Premier side at the Racecourse Ground.

“They're fantastic,” Godbold said.

“I've been saying for the last five or six years now how important they are to the team, particularly when we're not playing so well, and when they're singing along, they certainly get you up for the game.

“Hopefully they'll turn up in numbers once again and hopefully be our important 12th man.”


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