UNDER-STRENGTH Wrexham will be mindful of a potential giant-killing when they travel to non-league minnows Hayes in the FA Cup on Saturday.
The first round clash against the Conference South side would seemingly represent a trip into the unknown for the Dragons, but with scout Terry Smith working near the Middle-sex-based outfit, Denis Smith's team know exactly what they're coming up against.
But boss Smith - who has a number of his first team players out injured and this week was preparing to face the possibility of bids from rivals Chester City for Trinidadian internationals Dennis Lawrence and Hector Sam, plus Wales prospect Steve Roberts - is taking nothing for granted.
He said: 'We have to view the draw as a good opportunity for us to make progress in the cup and it's up to us to make sure we don't waste it.
'We'll obviously be installed as favourites for the game and if we do the job properly we'll go through to the next round. But no-one should underestimate any Conference club nowadays, and we have to remember they have already come through a few rounds to get this far.'
Wrexham will be banking on the return of some of their senior professionals for the cup tie, having had just 12 available for last Saturday's 5-1 defeat at runaway League One lead-ers Luton Town.
But any signs of improvements on the injury list front were in short supply as the Mail was going to press, as skipper Darren Ferguson and striker Chris Armstrong were both struggling to be fit for Tuesday night's rearranged league match at Blackpool.
Despite the nature of the defeat at Luton, Smith backed his players to the hilt.
He said: 'Nobody likes being beaten like that, but we've got to be realistic.
'Even with a full team it was always going to be a difficult match but, given the circumstances on Saturday, it was asking for a miracle.'
Of more concern for the cash-strapped club is the forthcoming Inland Revenue winding-up petition, due to be heard in the High Court next Wednesday.
Smith has remained realistic throughout the crisis. He added: 'We have got to keep going for that long at least. If I've got the same injury problems in a fortnight I won't be moaning because it means we will still be in business.' Wrexham's reward for last Tuesday's 2-0 LDV Vans Trophy Northern Section second round win over Stockport County is a trip to Chester.
The quarter-finals match-up will be played on Tuesday, November 30.