Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth is hopeful his side can go on a successful FA Cup run this season as he prepares his side for their first round match this weekend against Tranmere.

The Blues travel to Birkenhead to face Micky Mellon's side at Prenton Park with the League One sides set to lock horns.

Wycombe's superb league form makes them slight favourites to win this game. However, Ainsworth is expecting a tough opening test and the magic of the cup is still very much alive for him.

He said: "I love the FA Cup and it used to be big in my household as a kid growing up, very romantic and I never really got too far in it as a player.

"It was a tournament I always wanted to do well in. I was proud to play in, proud to score in and now proud to manage in and I will be proud to put a strong team out against Tranmere as I want to get in round two.

"It will be very tough. They have just turned over MK Dons and their forwards seem to have hit a bit of form.

"Micky Mellon is a wily old fox. He has been around a long time and managed at this level with different teams.

"He knows his stuff but the form book goes out of the window in the FA Cup. You will be looking at some non-league teams who will be beating league teams this weekend.

"How does that happen? It is the romance of the cup. There is no looking at the table thinking we should be beating anyone.

"This is the FA Cup, this is a one off and we are looking forward to going up to Tranmere."