CAUTIOUS Aldershot Town boss Terry Brown has warned his players not to take Lewes lightly on Saturday having been impressed on a couple of recent scouting missions.
The Sussex side are currently fifth in Ryman League division one south with games in hand, although they lost their unbeaten start to the season on Tuesday night with a 1-0 home defeat by Tooting & Mitcham.
But as Brown explains, this still does not represent an easy passage to the fourth qualifying round.
He said: "We've had Lewes watched twice now, we are taking them very seriously. They are a strong, physical side, solid at the back and have dangerous players going forward.
"Lewes have been together two or three years now, in which time they have won trophies and built up a settled squad, complete with management team. I am under no illusions that this will be a difficult game for us."
The two teams last met in the FA Cup two seasons ago when the Shots ran out comfortable 6-0 winners. But since then Lewes have won two promotions towards the top of the Ryman League pinnacle and enjoyed their finest hour in the FA Cup first round proper last season, going down bravely 2-0 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
The good news for the Shots, however, is that barring any last minute hiccups, Brown could be picking from a full-strength, injury-free side for the first time this season.
Seven first teamers got a piece of the action in Wednesday night's reserve team match with Farnborough Town including Lee Charles, who should make it for Saturday, Richard Gell, Adam Parker, Jason Chewins, John Nutter and Jamie Taylor.
Brown continued: "I've not had a full squad to pick from yet, so, hopefully if these players get through the next week or so, I could probably do it then with a squad full of match-fit players.
"There are so many things I want to experiment with, and now I've got Paul Buckle and Nick Roddis back, we're getting close to being able to try a few things out.
"The last two defeats haven't affected us mentally at all, except that we know they were games we should have won. We need to have players focused for Saturday now because Lewes will not be easy at all."
l Meanwhile, Brown has revealed that loan signing Ronnie Mauge has left the club, despite never having kicked a ball.
Mauge, who was an unused substitute in the game against Heybridge Swifts, is now looking for another club after being released.
The boss said: "Ronnie was cover for a massive midfield injury crisis but now those players are back fit, Ronnie is no longer with us."
l The big action of the week came from Adams Park, home of Wycombe Wanderers, where Shots skipper Jason Cousins was given a rousing reception for his testimonial match.
Cousins was delighted to see a crowd in excess of 6,000 and a full Celtic first team brought down from Parkhead by his former manager Martin O'Neill.
A few Aldershot Town flags were dotted in amongst the crowd to watch Celtic, fronted by the lightning Swede Henrik Larsson, who scored two goals, and Irishman Neil Lennon, win 4-0, while Cousins actually put the ball through his own net!
Elsewhere, Dave Carroll was also in the action on the night, turning out for both sides, including a late foray for the Bhoys.
Watching Brown added: "It was a great atmosphere and a night to remember for Jason. Celtic were fantastic to bring down a full first team and it made for a great occasion.
"I haven't spoken to Jason yet as he was too busy, but I'm sure he had a memorable night, while deservedly earning himself a few quid along the way."