Bury defender Chris Stokes has admitted that he hopes to see his side handed another home draw in the second round of this season’s Emirates FA Cup.

The 27-year-old left-back played the full 90 minutes for The Shakers as they beat National League club Dover Athletic 5-0 in their first round tie at the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane.

The win sees Bury into the second round for the first time in three years and defender Stokes is hoping for an easy draw in the next round.

“I saw that Coventry got knocked out, I would have liked them” the player told The72 in the post-match press conference.

“Obviously, we want a nice home draw in the second round and get through then draw a big team in the third round.

“Last year (with Coventry City), I got to the fifth round and we drew Brighton away which is the furthest which I have got in my career.”

Bury were 3-0 up by half-time before putting in a professional performance to finish the job off in the second half and the defender was delighted that his side had got the job done.

“It was a tremendous performance and a tremendous result and that’s what we wanted” said Stokes. They’re hard games in the FA Cup and to be fair on Dover, they had a right go early on.

“Once we got that first goal, we continued to press and we finished with five goals. It was nice to end the game like that.”

Bury are back in action on Tuesday evening when Fleetwood Town are the visitors to the Energy Check Stadium at Gigg Lane in the Checkatrade Trophy.


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