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Stourbridge's FA Cup road to Wembley: Glassboys will thrive on pressure

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Boss Gary Hackett reckons Stourbridge's players will embrace the pressure of being involved in the biggest day in the club's history.

The Glassboys face League Two Wycombe tomorrow in a mammoth FA Cup third-round tie at Adams Park.

It is the first time the club has reached this stage of the competition and they are set to be backed by a travelling army of more than 2,000 supporters.

Hackett has not sought to play down the significance of the occasion and believes his team, who last month knocked out League One Northampton Town, will revel in it.

"I just know at five to three, when the players walk out, it will be one of the occasions which will hit them," he said.

"They will feel proud of what they have achieved and we have characters who will embrace and relish that."

Stourbridge, who have already won through six rounds to reach this stage, have established a proud FA Cup pedigree in recent years. They have reached at least the second round in four of the last six seasons and knocked out higher-ranked opponents on six occasions.

Hackett believes the experience of those past victories will help at Wycombe.

"They know what to expect," he said. "It helps we have players who have played in big games and predominantly they have turned up in those games

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