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17 December 2014

United’s versatile midfielder Terry Hawkridge is happy with his role within the team, as he and the squad prepare for their FA Cup replay at Worcester City.

The 24-year-old had been playing as a right-back in the current unbeaten run his side have been on, before moving into a more attacking role in this weekend’s 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra.  

The win made it six games without defeat for the Iron and Hawkridge says he has enjoyed his more defensive role in the side during the run.

He told The Iron Player: “It’s good, it’s a new challenge and I am learning a lot. It’s always good to play in different positions, especially for this gaffer. If he needs me to play on the wing I can play there, or even centre midfield or where I’ve been playing right back, I am happy to play wherever.”

“When I first came I was playing on the wings but wherever I am on the pitch and the gaffer needs me to play, I’m happy to do that and be a part of the team.”

“I think I’ve been doing well. We’re all together as a group so even if I’m not playing well the team will pull me in and get me through the 90 minutes and we’ve been picking up the results so I’m really happy.”

The win on Saturday lifted Mark Robins’ side to 19th in League One, with a game in hand on the majority of sides around them.

Luke Williams opened the scoring in the first half and, despite former Scunthorpe player Nicky Ajose’s equaliser; Miguel Llera’s close range finish earned all three points for the Iron at Glanford Park.

Wednesday night sees Hawkridge and his team mates travel to Aggborough Stadium to face non-league Worcester in their second round FA Cup replay.

Hawkridge, who played 72 minutes in the victory on Saturday and the full 90 in the first FA Cup tie, believes the win gives the side a real confidence boost ahead of the televised cup game.

He said: “To get out of the bottom four and to beat a side that are in there as well, obviously they gave us a tough game, but it’s always good to get the three points and obviously move up the table.”

“I thought it was really slow, the first half especially. I think we picked up second half but as long as we got the result and the three points we needed it’s always a confidence booster and hopefully we can take that into tomorrow night’s game and get through.”

The first match up against Wednesday’s opponents ended in a 1-1 draw after Daniel Nti’s second half goal cancelled out Paddy Madden’s opener.

The winner of the replay earns a 3rd Round match up at home to either Chesterfield or MK Dons.

After having faced Worcester once already Hawkridge says he knows what to expect when they face off live on BT Sport.

He said: “It’s going to be tough, they’re a physical side like we saw in the home draw when there were a few tackles so we’re expecting it to be tough. We know what to expect and as long as we play our game we’ll be fine.

“We’ve just got to forget about being on the TV and concentrate on us and if we do that we’ll be OK.”

“I think both Chesterfield and MK Dons are beatable so if we can see Worcester off then maybe we can go on a cup run.”

See much more from Terry Hawkridge and Ned Kelly on The Iron Player.

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