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Green wants a cup run of his own
MICHAEL GREEN has come a long way since playing Sydenhams Wessex League football for Brockenhurst and Christchurch.
He was a key member of the AFC Totton team who were promoted as champions of the Southern League Division One South & West and lifted the Hampshire FA Senior Cup at St Mary’s in a sparkling 2010/11 season.
On the back of that success Green got a Football League break with Port Vale and, since returning south, has worked hard to become an ever-present in an Eastleigh side sitting proudly aloft the Skrill Conference South.
But one thing the talented 24-year-old left-back has never experienced is a headline-hitting FA Cup run.
And he is hoping that’s about to change as Richard Hill’s Spitfires begin their 2013/14 push at home to Mangotsfield United in the second qualifying round tomorrow.
Ironically, Green narrowly missed out on a fairytale Cup campaign at Totton.
The season after he had said farewell to the Stags, they progressed all the way to the second round proper and hosted Bristol Rovers in a live televised ITV clash.
The furthest Green has personally gone was to the third qualifying round with Eastleigh last term when they were ousted 1-0 by Gloucester City at Whaddon Road.
Green recalled: “Totton had their FA Cup run the season I’d gone up to Port Vale.
“In a way I wished I could have been part of it, but I’d gone a bit higher by then anyway.
“I’ve never had a Cup run anywhere and it would be nice to get further this year.
“This is strongest team Eastleigh have ever had, so I’d fancy us to have a good run.
“But we have to remember that tomorrow’s a big game for Mangotsfield too.”
The Mangos are sixth to bottom of the Southern One South & West and have been in patchy form of late.
Since coming back from behind to beat Winchester City 2-1 with ten men in the last round, they have won and lost in the league. They beat leaders Swindon Supermarine 1-0 last Saturday but frittered away a goal advantage in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat by Taunton.
One familiar name in their line-up is goalkeeper Kevin Sawyer, the sturdy backbone behind Salisbury City’s 2005/06 Southern Premier title win.
Eastleigh, in contrast, are in the form of their lives, winning five on the bounce to hit the Conference South summit.
New Forest lad Green is enjoying every minute of it and feels the introduction of daytime training has played its part in the Spitfires’ success story.
“It’s hard to pick out individuals, the whole team is doing well,” he said.
“We train Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays unless we have a Tuesday game. It’s helping us fitness wise and it’s far nicer training in the day than at eight o’clock at night.
“It’s good that everyone gets on and can have a laugh and joke together, but when it comes to match days it’s serious. I believe we’re good enough to go up to the next level and do well, but we mustn’t get carried away. We’ve got to make sure we stay up there and keep on winning.”
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