We are looking good, says Cirencester boss
CIRENCESTER Town will head into tonight's county derby at Cinderford Town (7.45pm) brimming with confidence after Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup victory over AFC Portchester.
A brace from Lee Smith booked the Centurions a home third qualifying round against either Weymouth or Bognor Regis on October 12, when £7,500 in prize money will be at stake.
Discounting the Gloucestershire Senior Cup defeat at Bristol Rovers last Tuesday, Cirencester are unbeaten in six matches and Hughes admitted he could not have wished for a better start to the season.
"We did well on Saturday and I can't ask for a great deal more from the lads at the moment," Hughes said.
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"We limited Portchester to no shots on target and we could have had more than two goals.
"We struggled a bit for 25 minutes or so when they were bright and lively, but we were professional and we are plodding along nicely."
With an FA Trophy first round qualifying tie at Didcot Town on Saturday before their next FA Cup test, Hughes is keen for Cirencester to consolidate sixth place, with games in hand on all the sides above them.
"It would be nice to post another three points before the Trophy tie, but Cinderford is never an easy place to visit because they never roll over," Hughes said.
"We can't move up a position tonight, but we don't want to lose ground and we are working on the principle of being unbeaten in six and wanting to keep that going now."
Having lost Ellis Dunton to a shoulder injury, Hughes was happy to welcome influential skipper Shayne Anson back from a groin problem against Portchester.
"Shayne is a valuable member of the squad and we have a couple of left-backs struggling at the moment, so it was great to have him back," Hughes said.
"He is a big, strong, boy and having him in the side is a bonus for us.
"We have lost a player and gained another, so it's mix and match at the moment, but we aren't looking too bad."
Hughes will name an unchanged squad at The Causeway, where he hopes some inside information from winger Smith may be helpful.
Smith spent time with the Foresters last season and he will be able to provide some pointers.
Cinderford, managed by Steve Peters, lie 16th in the Division One South and West table.
They will include ex-Cheltenham Town midfielder David Bird and former Robins youth team full-back Keiran Thomas.