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Hawkridge: Anything can happen in this competition

Midfielder ready for FA Cup return

3 November 2017

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Terry Hawkridge is hoping to use his FA Cup experience to help Notts go on a run this campaign.

The winger was last season part of the Lincoln side which made history by becoming the first non-league team to reach the quarter-finals for more than a century.

And he sees no reason why the Magpies can't replicate the Imps' magnificent achievements.

"Anything can happen in this competition - that's the magic of it," he said.

"Playing against Arsenal was massive. For a non-league side to get to the quarter-finals was big, but the whole cup run was special.

"It was a big part of my career and I made a lot of happy memories, so I'm looking forward to making more here.

"We've got a good enough squad to go on a cup run but we have to take it one game at a time. We have to get past Bristol Rovers first and then see what happens.

"We played Scunthorpe earlier in the season and lost on penalties, which was unlucky. This will be another big test for us tonight but it's one I think we can get through."

After leaving Lincoln to rejoin his boyhood club this summer, Hawkridge is loving life back at Meadow Lane.

"I'm enjoying it a lot," said the 27-year-old. "I was here as a young boy and my family are all from Nottingham so it's good to be back.

"I have a lot of family who are fans of the club so I know how big it is to them - and all of the other fans - for us to be doing as well as we are. I'm sure they're enjoying it.

"There are a lot of experienced professionals here and I'm still learning, which is good for me.

"We slipped for a game or two but you'll never go a season without having a bad game. Hopefully they're out of the way now.

"We can achieve anything. It's down to us."

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