Macclesfield: Sheffield-born Scott Boden eyes Wednesday upset

Sheffield-born striker Scott Boden hopes to inspire non-league Macclesfield to an FA Cup third round victory against Sheffield Wednesday.

The 24-year-old is also a fan of the Owls' local rivals, Sheffield United.

Familiar territory

Macclesfield celebrate

Macclesfield are making their third consecutive appearance in the third round of the FA Cup.

In January 2012, as a League Two club, the Silkmen took Bolton Wanderers to a replay before losing at the Reebok Stadium.

Last term, the Conference Premier side beat Championship leaders Cardiff to reach the fourth round for the first time in the club's history. There, they lost 1-0 to Wigan Athletic, who went on to lift the trophy at Wembley in May.

"I'm a Sheffield lad, everyone knows that now, and now which side of Sheffield I prefer. It should be tasty," he told BBC North West Tonight.

"All my friends are Wednesday fans. Either I'll be turning my phone off or they'll be turning theirs off."

The former Chesterfield frontman continued: "Any banter you get makes you play better and makes you want to do better."

Boden has scored in all three previous ties that the Conference Premier club have played in this season's competition.

The highlight of their run to the third round was a 4-0 thumping of League One side Swindon in round one, while fellow non-league outfits Vauxhall Motors and Brackley have also been defeated.

Victory for the Silkmen against Wednesday, who are 20th in the Championship, will bring a further £67,500 in prize money and will help greatly as they continue to battle the serious financial problems that have affected them since their relegation from the Football League in 2012.

Manager John Askey says the funds generated from their cup successes have helped to keep Macclesfield in existence.

Cup run has meant survival - Askey

"It has this year," he admitted. "It means the difference between survival and not.

"It's the same for a lot of lower-league clubs. If you can have a good run in the FA Cup, it can mean that to them. For us, from the position we were in at the start of the season where we were going to go out of business, it's been so important.

"We just hope that we can get a result because it would mean us being able to survive for the rest of the season."

Boden added: "The club's found it hard over the past year and hopefully we're starting to come through the other end of it. We've just got to do the football bit."

Macclesfield are appearing in the third round of the FA Cup for the third year in succession, and beat eventual Championship winners Cardiff at the same stage in 2013.