Robbie Nightingale calls for repeat of FA Cup form from Cambridge City
Lilywhites urged to press on in league
Robbie Nightingale has called on Cambridge City to reproduce their FA Cup form to take the Evo-Stik League, South East Division by storm.
The Lilywhites fought back to earn a 3-3 draw at National League South high-flyers St Albans City last Saturday in the second qualifying round.
And they then produced another good display in the replay at home, only to suffer a 2-0 defeat after headed first-half goals from Zane Banton and Charlie Walker.
It brought to an end a four-game unbeaten run for City, but showed that they can more than hold their own against higher division opponents.
“Since I’ve come in, we’ve had good results,” said City manager Nightingale. “You look at our form over the 30 or so games that I’ve been here and it’s certainly top 10 Southern League form.
“I feel we have a stronger group this year than when I took over. I think it’s a good group and has a great mix of talent.
“They are all hard working, they all want to improve. I think it’s a great mix for us.
“A lot of these boys go the extra yard because their dads have supported the club, their grandads grew up supporting Cambridge City and they just love playing for Cambridge City.
“The new ones like Ross Paterson, Niall Conroy, Jordan Gent have all been brought up on Cambridge City with parents and grandparents watching the good sides of the 70s and 80s.
“It means something to people. They get paid but it means more than that.”
With City currently ninth in the table, but with games in hand on some of the sides above them in the table, Nightingale wants his squad to reproduce their Cup exploits – which includes also beating St Neots from the tier above – on a regular basis in the league.
“You look at our form and the players we’ve kept and added, and we really do need to start taking this league by storm and putting in performances similar to this, and having people being able to get up for games,” said Nightingale.
“No disrespect to Egham and other teams in the league, just because we were playing St Albans it’s irrelevant really.
“We demand the same work, desire, hunger, because that’s what makes you a successful team, regardless of who you are playing.
“We will go on and the league is our bread and butter.
“This was a fantastic little journey that we had and it’s a shame it’s come to an end because we could have done with some more money in the coffers.
“But it wasn’t to be and we live to fight another day. As a club, we’re proud that we’ve managed to put on a good show against a club that we’ve played a lot of times over the years at the same level, and shown people we’re not a bad side and the club is still going.
“It’s a great club to be a part of and we will be back at some stage.”
It is Egham that are the visitors to Westwood Road this Saturday (September 23), while City face a trip to Barton Rovers on Tuesday, September 26.