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Lincoln hero Habergham hoping to make more FA Cup memories

Wealdstone will attempt on Saturday to make the FA Cup first round for the first time since 2015, – and in Sam Habergham, the Stones have a player who has plenty of pedigree in the competition.

The experienced left-back, 30, was a big part of the Lincoln City side that famously reached the quarter-finals in 2016/17, beating Brighton, Ipswich and, most notably, former Premier League side Burnley at Turf Moor, before bowing out to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

“It’s probably the best time in my football career,” Habergham said. “Those moments are something that you’ll remember forever and ones that we treasure. I got [Theo] Walcott’s shirt and it’s in a box with all the other memorabilia from that season.”

Boreham Wood stand in the way of the Stones making Monday’s first-round draw, and after last week’s narrow defeat, a trip to the highest-ranked side in the Southern side of the draw will prove a tough test.

“They’re very consistent with what they do," he said. "They have some very good individual players as well. It’s definitely a tough game, but one we’re looking to go and win. It’s a one-off game and we want to get into the first round.”

Following an injury to captain Jack Cook in the midweek game against Solihull, Habergham took the armband against Boreham Wood last Saturday, and enjoys the responsibility of being a leader in a fairly young dressing room.

“It was mentioned [when I joined], and it’s something that I would love to try and do and if it helps the team then even better," he said. "Hopefully Cookie’s back as soon as possible, but in the meantime I’ll try and get some wins for the rest of the team.”

Click below to listen to the full interview with Sam Habergham


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