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Windsor FC boss Cooper 'unfazed' by higher-league opponents Wantage Town

Windsor FC boss Mark Cooper revealed his excitement at the ‘extra edge’ of an FA Cup tie as his side prepare to face Wantage Town this Saturday.

Despite facing a side in the division above, Cooper has confidence in his side and will not look to alter his tactics as they look to make it through the preliminary stages of the competition.

Cooper said: “It does feel a lot different, these games are very important for the club because of the financial rewards that are made available.

“There’s a little bit extra in it and it's difficult for a side like this to have a good run in the cup, we have to look at trying to get through the rounds.”

Should the Royalists get past this preliminary fixture, they will have to face even tougher competition in the qualifying rounds. They will also be in the FA Cup first round proper, what Cooper called ‘the dream’ for a club of Windsor’s stature.

Looking ahead to the fixture, Cooper said: “We go there with confidence in what we can do and will be unfazed by a team in a higher league. We don’t see a big disparity between the two sides.

“If we were coming up against a team from Step Two we’d adjust the way we go into the game, but I don’t think that for this game, against a team that didn’t do too great in the league last season, we need to change.”

In their most recent game, Windsor lost 2-1 to Slough Town u23s in a pre-season friendly on Saturday.

Cooper was on holiday and missed the match, with assistant manager Spencer Meredith and first-team coach Luke Brooks-Smith taking charge.

Having returned, Cooper is confident that his ‘bigger and better’ squad will show what they can do this weekend.

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