Andy Barcham hoping return to Gillingham can reignite Scunthorpe United season
There are those who say the FA Cup has lost its spark, but Scunthorpe United at least, hope it can reignite their season.
The Iron head to League Two table-toppers Gillingham tomorrow for Brian Laws' first game in charge since replacing Alan Knill earlier this week.
Their priorities clearly lie in the league and clawing their way out of the relegation zone, but without a victory in seven, winger Andy Barcham says the weekend's cup tie is simply a chance to get back to winning ways – regardless of what competition it's in.
"It is nice to get away from the league and it's always great for everyone around the club to go on an FA Cup run, financially it helps and just for the fans and players it's nice to keep going and hopefully pick out one of the big boys," he said.
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"We're taking it very seriously.
"It's another game and we just want to get the right result and hopefully we can then take that into the league.
"A win's a win, it doesn't matter who you're playing or what competition it's in, so if we can go there and get one it would be great, then we can take encouragement from that into the league."
For Barcham it is also a return to his old stomping ground.
The 25-year-old spent the best part of three years at the Priestfield Stadium, originally on loan from Tottenham Hotspur before finally making the move permanent.
He managed over 100 appearances and bagged 22 goals before joining Scunthorpe in June 2011, a spell which included promotion to the third tier in 2009 with a play-off final triumph over Shrewsbury Town.
"It's the first time I've been back playing against them, so it will be a strange one," said Barcham.
"There's been a lot of changes there as well, so I won't know as many of the boys as I would have done before, but it will still be nice to go back.
"Of course there are happy memories. There were ups and downs, but when you look back on things you only really think of the highs, and I had some great times there.
"I think the promotion season when we got promoted to League One, that was fantastic for everyone around the club and how it came about, through the play-offs, it was a chance to play at Wembley.
"It was a fantastic occasion and that season was really successful for us, it was great and something to look back on.
"I'm looking forward to going back and it will be nice to see some familiar faces."
Barcham however, hopes it will be his current rather than former colleagues who are left smiling at the end of it.
Though with the Gills having won all but six of their 18 games this season, he knows United face a difficult task to get Laws' reign off to the best possible start.
"They're doing fantastic at the minute, they're one of the strongest teams in the league and it's great that they're putting some results together and are top of the league," he added.
"Martin Allen (Gillingham boss) has got his own way of doing things but it seems to be working, you can't argue when you're top of the league and playing the way they are – he must be doing something right."