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FA Cup: Cherries stalwart Cummings aims to banish cup calamities at Poole
Cummings, who was on the receiving end of a couple of shocks during his 10 years at Dean Court, is in line to feature when Dolphins host Hungerford Town on Saturday.
Victory against their Southern Premier Division rivals at Tatnam would take Poole to within one round of a first appearance in the competition proper for 30 years (3pm kick-off).
Cummings has played six times since joining the Dolphins on the eve of the season and helped them book a place in the third qualifying round by beating Hamworthy United last month.
The 32-year-old defender is also turning out for nothing, having offered his services to boss Tom Killick for free after his first month at the club had been blighted by injury.
Cummings told the Daily Echo: “I have got more bad memories than good of the FA Cup and was on the end of some horrible giant-killings during my time at Bournemouth.
“We went out on penalties at Accrington and also lost at Blyth Spartans, with both games on the television. I didn’t play when we lost at home to Tamworth but was still part of the squad.
“As a professional, you dread playing non-league opposition in the FA Cup, which we did a lot when I was at Bournemouth. You know there is always a possibility of a giant-killing because it happens every year and, unfortunately, we were on the end of three bad ones.
“Even my biggest FA Cup memory ended in disappointment when we had been drawn against the winners of a third round tie between Burnley and Liverpool. I had been desperate to play at Anfield but Burnley knocked them out before beating us, even though we were outstanding.
“To reach the first round proper would be a massive achievement for Poole. The manager has spoken about it and said it would be the pinnacle of their careers for a lot of the lads if they don’t happen to go further than non-league.”
Asked how he had adapted to the rigours of non-league, Cummings, who has helped Poole to fourth place in the Southern League Premier Division, replied: “It has been difficult. It is frantic at times and is very physical, more so than what I had been used to in the professional game.
“Some of the tackles are scary, it is very cut and thrust and it has been difficult to adjust. But I have played a few games, I am enjoying it, I have got to know my team-mates and feel part of the team now. They are a good bunch of lads and I am happy to be a part of it.”
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