AFTER Tuesday’s loss against Irlam, 1874’s attention turns to Saturday's FA Cup preliminary round tie versus Handsworth Parramore, writes Matt Waters.

The visitors play their football in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division, which is the same level as 1874.

On Saturday, it will mark the 251st appearance for midfielder and club captain Matt Woolley.

Woolley, reflecting on the Irlam game, said: “We don’t just become a bad side overnight.

“We didn’t play as well as we should have on Tuesday, however the score line flattered the game in the end.

"One bad result doesn’t make us a bad team so we take confidence from our good start into this game.”

With 1874 and Handsworth Parramore having no previous meetings, Woolley revealed it needs a strong performance to deal with them as somewhat of an unknown quantity.

He explained: “We don’t know too much about them but we’ve prepared right and it’ll be a big occasion so hopefully we can get it done and get over the line.”

Woolley, 1874’s record appearance maker, revealed it’s a huge honour to play for the club and also to wear the armband.

He said: “It’s a huge honour to be captain of this football club.

"I feel like the players respect me, but it’s a team game and we have to make sure we get the win and we have a great opportunity to do so against a team at our level.”

You can see 1874 take on Handsworth Parramore on Saturday at Townfield, Barnton, with a 3pm kick off time.