KYLE Storer hopes Solihull Moors can create their own FA Cup story when they make the trip to 2013 winners Wigan Athletic in the first round proper this weekend.
The Moors captain netted the winner for non-league side Tamworth against Bournemouth as a teenager back in 2005/06 before then scoring against Norwich City in front of the TV cameras the following campaign.
And Storer enjoyed an equally memorable cup run with Kidderminster Harriers – reaching the fourth round before losing to then Premier League side Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in 2013/14.
The 34-year-old now hopes he can create some more cup history with Solihull as they prepare to face current League One leaders Wigan – who famously won the cup by upsetting Manchester City in the 2013 final.
Storer said: “It’s a massively special competition for me – I got the winner for Tamworth when I was 17-years-old against Bournemouth and then scored against Norwich on the TV in the third round – I’ve been very fortunate.
“I’ve always been the underdog, there’s lots of great stories in the cup and hopefully we can create our own.
“I’ve had some good cup runs myself, it’s a great competition – very rarely do you see your league form suffer if you have a good cup run.
“We’re in a good bit of form at the moment in the league – we know that we’re underdogs, the mood is good and we’re hoping we can go there and give a good account of ourselves and cause Wigan a few problems.”
Moors are unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions – having beaten Hereford 1-0 at Edgar Street to secure their place in the first round for the sixth successive season.
And following a goalless draw with Yeovil Town in the National League last weekend – in which both teams were reduced to 10-men – Storer insists his side will play without fear in Lancashire despite the daunting task ahead of them.
Storer added: “We’re expecting a very tough game, they’re a very good side – we’re hoping they’ll take us a little bit lightly – we know what we can offer and what we’re good at.
“We’ll certainly have a game plan – we’re going there not in fear but with excitement and hopefully we can show them what we’re made of.
“We want to get our game going and that we’re a good side and that we’re very capable – we’ve shown that over the last couple of years in the cup.
“It won’t be easy for them but at times we’ll have our backs against the wall – there’s the status of a free hit on it – we put expectations on ourselves in the dressing room and we’re looking to execute a game plan.”
Solihull travel to Wigan on Saturday, November 6 with kick-off at 3pm at the DW Stadium.