Manager Leigh Dynan excited ahead of FA Cup tie

by Michael Gillett 

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Saturday sees East Grinstead Town return to competitive action for the first time since March, as they host Phoenix Sports in the FA Cup Preliminary Round.

Wasps’ manager Leigh Dynan is optimistic ahead of the tie and believes his men are raring to go.

He said: “We’re looking forward to it and playing competitive football again.“

“We’ve assembled a good squad and they just need to gel. The first game back is in a knockout competition so we’ll have to be right on the day to precede because Phoenix will be a tough game.”

Including last year’s suspended season, Phoenix Sports have finished in the top half of the Isthmian South East or equivalent league for the last four seasons.

The side from Barnehurst had to play in the Extra Preliminary Round, where they narrowly beat Southern Combination side Lancing on penalties.

Led by manager Paul Byron, the Wasps coach understands Phoenix will be a tough test for his side.

He said: “They have got three boys up top who are very quick, young and have high energy. The three in the middle also work very hard.”

“They have got weaknesses like most teams and we are just going to try and exploit those weaknesses and try and compete with their front three.”

After finishing bottom of last year’s Isthmian campaign, the East Court men will be hoping for a change in fortunes in the 20/21 season.

Dynan is hoping that Saturday’s match can be the start of a successful season. He said: “I want to give the fans and the board a good season looking at the right end of the table.”

“We maybe could have done with one or two more games at preseason, but we are ready.”

Among the many signings Grinstead have made this summer is former Cambridge United and Lincoln City striker Sam Delano-Yorke, but he will not be available for Saturday due to injury.

Dynan said: “There is no point in rushing him back, and we have enough firepower going forward.”

“Andrew Musungu isn’t available and Peter Wedgeworth is on a five match ban.”

“Terrique Anderson is injured and won’t be back for a couple of months. But other than that, everyone is fit and ready to go.”

The match kicks off at the OHOB Community Stadium this Saturday at 3pm.